Helping - Chapter 12 Helping In the "good...

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Chapter 12 – Helping
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In the “good Samaritan” 2 (topic) x 3 (time) study, there was no effect of “topic.” 5% 15% 25% 35% 45% 55% 65% 75% 85% 95% %  Helping Careers Samaritan
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But, there was a large “time” effect. We only help if it won’t make us look bad? 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% %  Help  20 min 5 min Late!
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Chapter 12 – Helping Think of a time in the last week or two when you went out of your way to help somebody.
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Q: Is there such a thing as altruism? Altruism : a motive to increase another's welfare without regard for one's self-interests.
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Q: Is there such a thing as altruism? Egoism : an assumed underlying, ever-present motive to increase one's own welfare. The opposite of altruism.
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Social Exchange Theory (SET): An egoistic theory which says all human interactions are transactions that aim to maximize one's rewards and minimize one's costs. I.e. altruism is a myth?
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Social Exchange Theory (SET): Rewards to maximize : physical (favors, money, stuff), psychological (feelings of belongingness, or control, or self-esteem.).
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Social Exchange Theory (SET): Costs to minimize : effort, money, inconvenience, embarrassment.
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Empathy = feeling compassion for another's distress – like it was yours. Q: Can empathy induce genuine altruism?
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Dan Batson’s research (at KU):
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Is this really egotism, not altruism? (Helping somebody who is “much like
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2012 for the course COMM 1200 taught by Professor Hockman during the Spring '07 term at Missouri (Mizzou).

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