Prosocial_Behavior

Prosocial_Behavior - Prosocial Behavior Helping What is...

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Prosocial Behavior Helping
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What is prosocial behavior? Any act performed to benefit others Altruism helping others with no thought of benefit to oneself Can there be true altruism?
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Why do we help?
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Evolutionary Psychology and Helping If our overriding goal is to reproduce ourselves, why help others? Kin selection Behaviors that help a genetic relative are favored by natural selection Norm of reciprocity Helping others increases the likelihood that we will be helped by them in the future
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Social Exchange and Helping Helping can have many personal benefits Increases positive emotions Relieves physiological arousal caused by others’ distress Increases the likelihood of reciprocal helping Creates social approval Increases self-esteem
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Empathy and Altruism What about helping when there are no personal benefits? Empathy The ability to experience emotions and events as another person experiences them Empathy-altruism hypothesis (Batson) Empathy causes people to help others with no regard for personal gain
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“I'm supposed to write about something interesting that's happened to me lately. Well, I don't know if this is interesting, but the only thing that I can seem to think of is that two days ago I broke up with my boyfriend. We've been dating since our junior year in high school and have been really close. It's been great being at KU together. I thought he felt the same way, but I guess that things have changed. Now he wants to date other people. He says that he still cares a lot about me, but he doesn't want to be tied down to just one person. I've been kind of
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