Chapter 12a - Howfarthatlittlecandlethrowshisbeams!

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O, Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled as to console; To be understood as to understand; To be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive… (prayer of St. Francis) H E L P F U L S O C I A L B E H A V I O R Chapter 12 Emily Grijalva Psyc 201 November 09, 2009 How far that little candle throws his beams!  So shines a good deed in a weary world.   Shakespeare
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Today  Helping Behavior Types of Helping Altruism versus Egoism Factors Influencing Helping
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Paul F. has been selling bagels for 20 years.  What is special  about his business is that it is based on an honor system.   When someone takes a bagel, he or she must put the money  in a box next to the bagels.  Paul F. delivers bagels to offices  in the morning and collects the money and left-over bagels  later in the day.  Oftentimes the pay rate is between 80  percent and 90 percent, depending on various factors,  including morale and size of the company, as well as the  weather on that day. Entering the summer of 2001, the  overall payment rate had slipped to about 87 percent.   Immediately after September 11th, the rate spiked a full 2  percent and hasn’t slipped much since. 
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Helping Behavior  HELPING -  behavior that is  intended to assist another person  whether or not the recipient  requested assistance  PROSOCIAL BEHAVIOR -   any action that provides benefit  to others  Includes actions not necessarily  intended to assist others like  following rules, honesty, and  cooperation
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Discussion Questions What motives underlie helping behavior? Does it matter why people help others (i.e. does it matter if altruism really exists)?
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Types of Helping   THREE CATEGORIZATION DIMENSIONS 1) Helping is planned/formal vs. spontaneous/informal 2) Seriousness of the problem 3) “Giving what you have” and “doing what you can”  CASUAL HELPING -   involves strangers, simple to perform, unplanned but  not serious  E.g., giving money to homeless, helping old lady cross the street   EMERGENCY HELPING -   involves strangers, difficult to perform,  unplanned and serious  E.g., saving someone from a burning building, Wesley Autrey   SUBSTANTIAL PERSONAL HELPING -
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This note was uploaded on 02/12/2010 for the course PSYCH 100 taught by Professor Suarez during the Fall '09 term at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

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Chapter 12a - Howfarthatlittlecandlethrowshisbeams!

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