What Are Types of Social Behavior?

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The different types of social behavior include emotional behavior, violent behavior, aggressive behavior, group action and prosocial behavior. Social behavior consists of conduct and actions exhibited by individuals within society. People’s social behaviors normally correspond with acceptable actions within an individual’s peer group, while most individuals strive to avoid behavior society deems unacceptable.

Emotional behavior is a form of social behavior that causes individuals to behave emotionally within groups and individually. This type of behavior expresses emotions such as excitement, fear, joy, anger, anxiety and sorrow.

Violent and aggressive behavior commonly happens in crowds or groups. This occurs when certain individuals within a group act violently or aggressively, and others copy the behavior. The pressure to conform to the actions of the group normalizes the behavior. This type of behavior is common during instances of looting and rioting.

Prosocial behavior is a social behavior that is viewed as altruistic. This type of behavior consists in helping others through selfless actions. For instance, prosocial behavior occurs when an individual helps another without expecting an action in return.

Group action is a social behavior that occurs when people gather in large groups and attempt to change a particular aspect of society. Group action has a particular purpose, which influences behaviors both negatively and positively.