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(Aronson, et al,, 304). The book describes the social exchange theory as an investment, and so
when we help others, it will increase the likelihood that someone will help us in return in the
future when we need it (Aronson, et al,, p.304). Furthermore, on the other end of the spectrum ,
people avoid helping others when the costs are high, “such as when it would put us in physical
danger, result in pain or embarrassment, or simply take too much time” (Aronson, et al,, p.304).
The book provides an example of a man, Abe Zelmanowitz, who stayed behind with a friend in
the World Trade Center. While others may consider Abe’s action purely altruistic, social
exchange theorist would argue Abe “found the prospect of walking away and letting his friend
die too distressing” (Aronson, et al,, p.305). APPLICATION PAPER 3 4 There have been many occasions where I have helped another out an individual by both
the social exchange theory and the empathy-altruism hypothesis. Last year, when I volunteered
at the Homework House in Azusa, I had an opportunity to work with an...
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This note was uploaded on 02/12/2014 for the course PSYC 295 taught by Professor Priscilladiaz during the Fall '13 term at Azusa Pacific.
- Fall '13
- Social Psychology