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Interacting With Others: Helping, Hurting, and Conforming

23 September, 2015 - 14:33


  1. Summarize the genetic and environmental factors that contribute to human altruism.
  2. Provide an overview of the causes of human aggression.
  3. Explain the situations under which people conform to others and their motivations for doing so.

Humans have developed a variety of social skills that enhance our ability to successfully interact with others. We are often helpful, even when that helping comes at some cost to ourselves, and we often change our opinions and beliefs to fit in with the opinions of those whom we care about. Yet we also are able to be aggressive if we feel the situation warrants it.