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A Psychologist's Thoughts on Clinical Practice, Behavior, and Life

Fear and Heroism in Snow Ravaged Buffalo

An article in the December 30, 2022 issue of The Wall Street Journal describes the chance factors leading travelers to death or survival during the recent snowstorm enveloping Buffalo. One stranded driver, twenty-seven-year-old mechanic, Jay Withey, was rejected by ten homeowners when he knocked on their door, offering the five-hundred-dollars in his wallet to let him sleep on the floor of their home. After leaving he rescued others by breaking into a nearby school. I can't imagine why the sight of Mr. Withey so frightened the homeowners that he was sent out into what might have been his death. But I'm sure those he rescued are glad that the homeowners did.

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