09 Prosocial Behavior

09 Prosocial Behavior - Study Question #9 People who visit...

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Study Question #9 – People who visit San Francisco often encounter individuals, even families, standing on street corners asking those who pass by for food or money. Use material from your text and class discussion to explain why an individual might respond positively to such a request on one occasion and not on another. Prosocial Behavior (define) This kind of helping is altruistic, as opposed to egoistic helping. Some people are motivated more to help because of feelings of empathy (compassion and tenderness triggered by distress of others) or feel personally distressed (anxious, fearful or helpless) when they see someone who is in dire need and so will help that person because of their compassion towards them or in order to relieve the tension that that person causes for them. Some might feel obligated to do it out of social norms Reciprocity, the believe that you should help others so that they will help you in the future and because you’ve been helped by others in the past Probably only going to affect the situation if that person has been helped by another recently and so is feeling the obligation to help that person as a way to sort of balance out the universe. Social Justice, help people that are in need and “deserve” your help. Deserve, as in having socially desirable personality characteristics and doing socially desirable behavior. In this case, the needy on the streets are probably not going to be fulfilling any of the requirements for being deserved of help. Many infer that the majority of these people either have mental disorders or are extremely lazy and just get through life through the hand-outs of others, not very socially desirable personal characteristics, and they are begging which is one of the most socially undesirable
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PSC 3080 taught by Professor Mccreary during the Fall '05 term at CSU Stanislaus.

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