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What is Altruism in Behaviour and How Can it Be Used to Describe Kitty's Case?

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Altruism refers to behaviour that is intended to be useful to others without any intention of personal gain or reward. Some psychologists argue that altruistic behaviour also involves some element of personal risk. For example, consciously disregarding your safety in order to help save someone who is trapped in a burning house. Altruism is through to be influenced by a number of factors. These factors can be divided into three main categories: • Why people help • When helping behaviour is more likely to occur • Who people are more likely to help This was an A grade assignment.

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Psychology Crowd psychology Behavioural sciences Behavior Interpersonal relationships Altruism Narcissism Bystander effect Social phenomena Diffusion of responsibility Apathy Bystander
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1 Some psychologists argue that altruistic behavior also involves some element of personal risk. For example, consciously disregarding your safety in order to help save someone who is trapped in a burning house. Altruism is through to be influenced by a number of factors. These factors can be divided into three main categories2: • Why people help • When helping behavior is more likely to occur • Who people are more likely to help The evolutionary theory states that people are motivated to help others who are closely related and therefore share many of the same genes because it is an investment in their genetic survival.3 In making the decision whether or not to help someone, people compare the benefits and costs of helping the other person (cost-benefit analysis). In Kitty’s case, psychologists believe that her neighbors didn’t acknowledge her cr...
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