Imagine you have just walked into a newsagent. You go to the till to pay for your newspaper. The person in front of you is paying for two chocolate bars by counting out a load of small change. They also have a ten pound note in their hand. Their coins fall short of the full price by 1p. They turn to you. You have 1p.
So there is a need - albeit a very slight one.
NoW don't consider whether you would or would not help the person...that's another activity.
Whom from the following list do you think you would most instinctively want to help?
• A businessman in a suit
• A scruffy alternative looking young female
• A person with very poor English
• A woman with several children
Have you thought?
You see the funny thing is...even with this little amount of information, most of us can make some assumptions about these people. We have hardwiring that makes us unconsciously assume things about people based on whatever (however little) we know about them.
What are we like! That's rhetorical.