Psychology of Helping Others


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What is the term used to describe when people prefer to help genetic relatives to others in a high-risk situation?

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1. A person asks for your help and offers you money in return for your service. Accepting the money would indicate you have _____ to help this person.

2. Someone asks you to donate money to a cause that is important to you. You gladly donate the money and feel good about your contribution. In this case, you are _____ motivated.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The psychology of others will be covered via these study materials. For insight into what you know, you'll be quizzed on key points such as the helping of relatives in a high-risk situation and the term for accepting money in exchange for helping another person.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These topics will be considered on the quiz/worksheet:

  • Donation of money that makes you feel good
  • An argument for whether or not altruism exists
  • The ability to tell if a person is motivated by altruism

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the psychology of helping others
  • Making connections - use understanding of altruism and how it's connected to a person's motivation for helping others
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the term for wanting to help relatives over anyone else in a high-risk situation

Additional Learning

Consider the study lesson named Psychology of Helping Others for more on these highlighted topics:

  • Evolutionary model of helping others
  • The egoistic model and its basis of helping others in order to be rewarded
  • Altruism definition
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