Prosocial Behavior

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Prosocial Behavior

Pro-social Behavior

Includes behaviors such as Altruism, Cooperation, Generosity, Empathy, Respect, Civility.

Ethical Principles are concerned with good and bad behavior. Rules governing appropriate
interpersonal behavior form the basis for human culture. Pro-social behaviors refer to
actions that are intended to aid or benefit another person or group of people without
persons anticipation of external rewards. Also known as the concept of Altruism.


Another reason that individuals engage in these helping behaviors is that they have
Empathy for others. The term Empathy refers to a persons ability to understand the needs
and feelings of other people because they share in those feelings. And for sometime
Empathy has been considered a significant factor in promoting positive behavior towards


Cooperation or collaboration is the tendency to work together for mutual benefit and is
generally contrasted to competition which is working against each other for a larger share
of benefits. Cooperation is not always desirable nor is compition always to be deplored.
When people are cooperative regardless of how they feel or the other person behaves, they
may be exploited and taken advantage of.

Generosity and Helpfulness

Cultures that favor generous, supportive and cooperative behavior promote these responses
by reinforcing prosocial behavior. People who are cooperative are also more likely to come
to the aid of people in distress. Several of the factors that promote cooperation such as
personally adjustment, cognitive level, imitation, and cultural background also affect
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