Focus on the benefactor

The motivation to be helpful is tied to your helper’s identity and self-esteem. People help because they want to be admired.

  • Other-praising (Acknowledging and validating the character or abilities of the giver.) “You go out of your way …” or  I feel like you’re really good at that.
  • Self-benefit (Describing how the receiver is better off for having been given help). “It let me relax.” or “It makes me happy.”

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To get through life, we all need to ask for help - here's how NOT to do it

To get through life, we all need to ask for help - here's how NOT to do it

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