Capricorn – Emotional – Throat: HELP

The study of social adaptation has typically been based on the exploration of antisocial behavior. Only more recently has prosocial behavior, its antithesis, been the object of study. Within this context, the large amount of research on prosocial behavior in childhood and adolescence contrasts with the scarce developments framed in later stages.

Thus, we could state that the study of this construct in adulthood and old age is an incipient field, with a great variety of edges to be explored. Prosocial behavior is important in adulthood for different reasons: adults are expected to have a certain degree of pro-sociality, since this contributes to a better coexistence, creating solidarity bonds, and thus to greater social and personal well-being.

Prosocial behavior is considered valuable as it favors social bonds and moderates’ aggressiveness (Carlo, Mestre, Samper, Tur, & Armenta, 2010), it is a resource valued by society. Prosocial behaviors can reinforce the self-esteem of others and that of the performer for acting in accordance with certain moral values. It is also a relevant occupational skill in many professions, such as humanitarian aid. It is necessary to develop specific instruments to measure prosocial behavior in adulthood for different fields, such as clinical, forensic, educational, and occupational.

In old age, social ties are the ones that support the psychic health of the person, thus prosocial behavior is important as an enhancer of these ties. According to Krzemien (2001), to the extent that the older adult achieves recognition through meaningful social relationships, this stage will be experienced as an extension of the rest of the life cycle; otherwise, it will be experienced as a phase of functional decline and social isolation.

 Neurologically, social activity enhances learning and memory and prevents aging and neuropathies. Environmental enrichment» protects the brain, restoring functions that are lost due to age, injury or certain diseases (Bentosela & Mustaca, 2005). Thus, quality of life is closely related to participation in the social environment, and the latter is increased by the performance of prosocial behaviors.

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Finally, I encourage everyone to reflect on the concept of the day. No one else but us can re-signify our own being!

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