A Social Experiment of How Humans Deal with Doubt and Fear

Participants were asked to dive from the ‘Ten Meter Tower’ as part of a social experiment that aims to study ‘The human in a vulnerable position’.

The video’s aim was: People who have never been up there before have to choose whether to jump or climb down. The situation itself highlights a dilemma: to weigh the instinctive fear of taking the step out against the humiliation of having to climb down.

It is a really interesting video to watch to get you thinking about how other people and yourself deal with situations that make you feel fearful and uncomfortable. At school students are often asked to participate in learning activities that makes them feel nervous: the drama activity; the question to answer in front of the rest of the class; the long written exam paper; and the collaborative group work. Do you jump right in even though it is scary, or do you walk or hide?

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2 thoughts on “A Social Experiment of How Humans Deal with Doubt and Fear

  1. This was a really interesting watch.. with every person I was really wishing they would jump and felt disappointing when they didn’t. Not only does it provide insight into the personal indecision of the people at the top of the platform, but also says a lot about how people outside the experiment have different views to anyone there. Just saying, however, that I love falling so I would have absolutely jumped.

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  2. Despite the unnecessary length and slow pace of the video, it was an interesting watch. It really gives a third person perspective on the irrational fears each one of us has and how stupid they seem after the task has been completed. In fact, we see from some of the jumpers that they felt they had fun and were glad they took the opportunity. As you stated in the article, it is a good metaphor for people who hide from fear and miss out because of it. However, it also gives insight on the pressure social life puts on us- the human instinct made one man weak at the knees yet he still jumped to impress his friend. An alternative metaphor would be how peer pressure can force us to do things that we instinctively know we shouldn’t.

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