Psychology 101

26 10 2011

1. Negative state relief hypothesis: States that we help others for the egoistic reason of assuaging our guilt.

2. Similarity bias: We are more likely to help those who are similar to us. In general, situations – such as whether the person in need of help is similar to us, or attractive and the presence of bystanders – influence our likelihood of belong someone

Ultimately, we help for four key reasons: egotistic motives, situations, altruistic motives and biological factors.

– House and Psychology


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