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Prosocial Behaviors

Empathy, compassion, altruism, and heroism are all examples of prosocial behaviors. Learn more about the psychological explanations behind these helping actions.

What Is Prosocial Behavior?
Prosocial behaviors are those designed solely to help other people.

What Is Altruisim?
Altruism is the opposite of selfishness, and involves doing for others without any expectation of reward...

The Bystander Effect
The bystander effect is a social phenomenon in which the presence of other people reduces helping behavior. Learn more about the bystander effect, including examples and explanations.

The Psychology of Heroism
Heroism is a universally valued trait, but it is often thought of as a rare in inborn trait. What makes a person a hero? Researchers strive to define and understand the psychology of heroes.

Teaching Heroism
Are people born heroes, or can heroism be taught? Learn more about one innovative program designed to help young people become heroes and agents of change in their communities.

How Do You Define Heroism?
We all have different ideas of what it means to be a hero. How do you define heroism? Share your ideas and see what other readers have to say.

Characteristics of Heroism
What qualities make a person more likely to become a hero? Researchers have found that people identified as heroes often share certain characteristics.

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