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How we judge others guides how we help others: study

Charities often emphasize the desperation and dependence of those they assist — as in heart-tugging videos of starving children in Africa. Yet a focus on helplessness may change how we choose to help those in need, and not necessarily for the better, according to research by University of California assistant professor Juliana Schroeder. “Charities want to motivate people to give more, but they may also make people think poor people don’t have the ability to take care of themselves,” says Schroeder, a social psychologist…