The costs of benefits: help-refusals highlight key trade-offs of social life.

@article{Ackerman2008TheCO,
  title={The costs of benefits: help-refusals highlight key trade-offs of social life.},
  author={Joshua M. Ackerman and Douglas T. Kenrick},
  journal={Personality and social psychology review : an official journal of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc},
  year={2008},
  volume={12 2},
  pages={118-40}
}
Social living provides opportunities for cooperative interdependence and concomitant opportunities to obtain help from others in times of need. Nevertheless, people frequently refuse help from others, even when it would be beneficial. Decisions to accept or reject aid offers may provide a window into the adaptive trade-offs recipients make between costs and benefits in different key domains of social life. Following from evolutionary and ecological perspectives, we consider how help-recipient… CONTINUE READING

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