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Click to edit Master subtitle style Altruism March 11, 2009
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Review Altruism defined: Helping that is intended to provide aid to someone else without expectation of any reward (other than the good feeling that may result). Why do people behave altruistically? The empathy-altruism hypothesis
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Empathy The term empathy refers to the process by which we imagine ourselves in the same situation as someone else and experience vicariously the same emotions the other person is feeling. By relieving the suffering of others we alleviate our own as well.
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Factors Affecting Empathic Responses Relationship to the person in need Attributions of responsibility Personality Mood Depression leads to tunnel vision The negative state relief hypothesis
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Unformatted text preview: Giving help in everyday life Active listening A way of listening and talking to someone (in distress) with empathy Example: Your ten year old son, Tom, comes running in the door after school and yells, My music teacher is an idiot! What should you do? Goals of Active Listening To encourage a person to talk about his or her feelings; To understand (and not to judge) what another person is experiencing; To reflect back the feelings that the other person is having. Tactics in Active Listening Opener Ask questions (non-judgmental) Reflect feelings Check/summary Giving advice is not a tactic in active listening....
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