Learning Objectives

In this course section you will become acquainted with

  • motives and motivations for helping behaviour;
  • typical expectations that helpers have;
  • the importance of empathy and self-efficacy in prosocial thinking and acting;
  • the experience of meaningfulness and stress reduction through prosocial behaviour;
  • the psychological concepts of altruism and egoism and their interaction;
  • limits, risks and pitfalls of helping;
  • the Helper Syndrome as an inappropriate approach to altruistic acting.

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