Ch 9 Prosocial Behavior Pt2

Ch 9 Prosocial Behavior Pt2 - Reduce ambiguity Decrease...

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Prosocial Behavior: Helping Others Chapter 9
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Empathy: An Important Foundation for Helping Empathy— emotional reactions that are focused on other people (feelings of compassion, sympathy, and concern) Consists of affective and cognitive responses to another person’s emotional state The affective component is essential to empathy Children as young as 12 months respond to the distress of others by becoming distressed as well
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Who Will Help? Personality Traits Altruistic personality Empathy Belief in a just world Social responsibility Internal locus of control Low egocentrism Religious faith
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The Downside of Receiving Help Can lower self-esteem May increase feelings of incompetence or inferiority
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Increasing Helping Behaviors Decrease factors which might inhibit it!
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Unformatted text preview: Reduce ambiguity Decrease guilt and concern for self-image Teach altruism Moral inclusion vs exclusion Model altruistic acts Attributing helpful behavior to helpful motives Learning about altruism and the bystander effect can increase helping Self-interest, Moral Integrity, and Moral Hypocrisy Self-interest (egoism)— The view that a large portion of human behavior is based on seeking whatever provides us with the most satisfaction; we seek rewards and try to avoid punishments Moral integrity — The extent which individuals care about considerations of goodness and fairness when they act The acceptance of some level of sacrifice of self-interest in order to do “the right thing”...
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2011 for the course PYSC 430 taught by Professor Bessellieu during the Spring '10 term at South Carolina.

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