Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Helpfulness'
- the property of providing useful assistance
- friendliness evidence by a kindly and helpful disposition [syn: kindliness]
- Helpful \Help"ful\, a.
Furnishing help; giving aid; assistant; useful; salutary.
Heavens make our presence and our practices Pleasant
and helpful to him! --Shak.
-- Help"ful*ly, adv. -- Help"ful*ness, n. --Milton.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Helpfulness'
In social psychology, the everyday concept of helpfulness is really technically defined as (1) the property of providing useful assistance, and (2) friendliness evidenced by a kindly and helpful disposition .
For many years, social psychologists have been searching for answers to these questions:
Several theories of helping agree that, in the long run, helping behavior benefits the giver as well as the receiver. One explanation assumes that human interactions are guided by a "social economics". We exchange not only material goods and money but also social goods - love, services, information status (Foa & Foa, 1975). In doing so, we use a "minimax" strategy - minimize costs, maximize rewards.
Circumstances that inhibit or enhance helpfulness include:[See more about Helpfulness at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]