FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL ADMINISTRATION
COURSE: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
NAME: NALUYANGE OLIVIA
REG NO.: EJ17B15/1000
LECTURER: MRS. ROSEMARY BWIRE
QUESTION 1a; why are many people in society shying away from helping others?
B; Examine the challenges that may arise when individuals over rely on aid donations from others for survival.
Help is the voluntary act of assistance, giving material or non material favor to an individual, group or community in form of charity[Oxford,2006] as a social worker am a professional social worker, but society as a whole are called upon to help as a vocation, below are reasons why many people shy away from helping others;
Increased selfishness in modern society as a result of adopted western way of life, ‘one man for himself, God for us all’ this makes the idea of self efficacy, self knowledge, self-enrichment and greed prevalent thus people are less interested in other people’s needs.
Character of those who need help, society believes those who want help do not really deserve intervention, for example they are seen as lazy, able bodied, educated, poor attitude to life. This may not be applicable to all needy, but this bias exists.
Decreasing cultural influence in society from traditional obligationsthat made helping an obligation, this detachment from that form of life can attribute to shying away from helping, for example culturally belonging to a clan meant the other members are all relatives and unwilling to help meant deviance.
Past experiences from helping, ‘Once bitten twice shy’ those people who have gotten bad experiences from helping desist helping, for example a driver who gives a lift to a stranger and gets robbed will have bias on helping especially strangers.
Poverty prevalence, 80% of Ugandans are peasant farmers[monitor,2013] so it is logical that helping when not to able is living a lie, and therefore those who help often are the corrupt or lucky well to do; so we hope improvement in welfare will also lead to less people In need of help.
Upbringing and background determines how we are easily willing to help, if we were brought up knowing the importance of helping then, they will most likely find it hard to shy away and the reverse is true. I guess many shy away then because they were also treated that way.
Lifestyle and cost of living in our society am example Ugandans are said to be one of the major alcohol consumers in the world[newvision,2014] so addictive lifestyles are characterized by self centeredness and selfishness, so that explains our shying away from helping.
Low religious affiliation or influence makes one easier to shy from helping today, so many people in society. The role of religion as an institution is of adverse magnitude in social order and social responsibility, so this is a valid reason.
Suspicion and mistrust in society, which is increased my mass media opinion especially as regards fraud, dishonesty...