The Theories And Complications Of Prosocial Behavior

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1. Abstract

Prosocial behaviour covers a wide range of actions that are intended to help or benefit other people such as helping, showing compassion, sharing, comforting and cooperation. Altruism is when the motivation for prosocial behaviour is to help others without any thought to what you might get in return. The difference between prosocial behaviour and altruism is that prosocial behaviour is the helping actions a person takes, while altruism is one possible motivation for those actions taken. Prosocial behaviour does not need to be motivated by altruism all the time and altruistic motivation does not need to produce prosocial behaviour. This paper discusses about what causes prosocial behaviour and whether it is being learnt by nature or nurture. There are several theories and views by social psychologists, scientists and researchers who support and criticised a statement at the same time. As what we have
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2. Introduction

Prosocial behaviour is any type of helping action that is intended to help or benefit others. In informal language, prosocial behavior is often referred to as compassionate, empathetic, or ethical behavior. According to Eisenberg and Mussen (1989) the meaning of prosocial behaviour in this context is an action that is being done voluntarily in order to help another individual or group of individuals. What Eisenberg and Mussen stated is that prosocial behaviour is done more due to the consequences of the action rather than what drives us to do it. Prosocial is basically doing good to someone or for the society, in which when doing good to society, it helps

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