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Emergency Helping, Genocidal Violence, and the Evolution of Responsibility and Altruism in Children

Ervin Staub

in Visions of Compassion

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780195130430
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847327 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130430.003.0008
Emergency Helping, Genocidal Violence, and the Evolution of Responsibility and Altruism in Children

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This chapter is dedicated in three very relevant points: the things which drive an individual to reach out and help others during times of trouble or crisis; the psychological, social, and cultural factors that cause nations to turn on each other and transform into genocide acts; and how to create a society starting with raising the children of today based on ideas of how to be compassionate and reactive to the situation of others and to not have hatred that will cause them to resort to genocide. This hopefully leads to the understanding of human behavior, and by learning about the information presented improvements in society today may be made by identifying mistakes of the past.

Keywords: genocide; compassion; children; society; culture

Chapter.  6800 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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