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November_30_spsych - November 30, 2006 Chapter 12-Helping...

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November 30, 2006 Chapter 12-Helping Question We’ll Address Why will people help? When will people help? Who will help? Why We Help Altruism: a motive to increase another’s welfare without conscious regard for one’s self-interests - the kindness of your own heart - the Good Samaritan Social-exchange theory: “minimax” – human interactions are transactions that aim to minimize one’s costs and maximize one’s rewards. We consider these consequences when we decide to help or not. - Blood donation More likely to help those we’re attracted to More likely to increase our sense of self-worth - (Gleason et al., 2003): Giving emotional support to one’s partner boosted the giver’s mood - Egoism: the idea that self-interest motivates all behavior. Much more cynical than altruism! o Egoist spin on Good Samaritan Easing tension within oneself Krebs (1975): men with extreme physiological and self-reported reactions to another person’s distress gave the most help Reducing guilty feelings- dissonance! -
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