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altruism

[al′tro̅o̅·iz′əm]
a sense of unconditional concern for the welfare of others. It may be expressed at the level of the individual, the group, or the larger social system. It is one of the curative factors of participating in group therapy. altruistic, adj.

altruism

(al′troo-ĭz-ĭm) [Fr. altruisme]
Acting for the benefit of others regardless of the consequences for oneself.

involuntary altruism

An action that is taken on behalf of others not because of one's own choosing but because of coercion, fiat, or legislation.
altruist (al′troo-ist″) altruistic (al″troo-is′tik)

altruism

Behaviour manifesting unselfish concern for the advantage of others. Much seemingly altruistic behaviour can be shown, on analysis, not to be so, and there are those who hold that altruism is a myth. Most social scientists, however, accept the concept.
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The externalities enumerated here apply not only to charitable giving and altruistic behavior, but also to those tax incentives such as the deduction, which evidently augment the frequency of charitable giving or level of generosity.
Much of the research combines religion and spirituality even though they may be distinct in how predictive they are of both compassion and altruistic behaviors.
Moreover, altruistic behaviors in employees may decrease the probability of participation in activities that would harm the collective good or organization (Wiseman and Gomez-Mejia, 1998).
The use of "t-test" was made to test significance of gender differences in emotional intelligence among adolescents and its ten dimensions namely self-awareness, empathy, self-motivation, emotional stability, managing relations, integrity, self development, value orientation, commitment and altruistic behavior.
Plainly, genuine altruistic behavior requires the presence of a motive to help others for their own sake.
primary, were those who exhibited altruistic behavior by giving away
Commonly referred to as the soul or spirit, the spiritual aspect of human nature is that within us that seeks to know and to love, that engenders bonds of affection and cooperation, and that encourages self-sacrifice and other kinds of altruistic behavior that are, in fact, at the foundation of successful human society.
Kitcher's main thesis is that altruistic behavior in humans is a product of a 'normative guidance system' that has evolved as a substitute for less efficient strategies of peacemaking like those we observe among other primates, e.
Aside from democracy, Tilly offers sharp insights into other topics such as ethnic cleansing, social movements, chain migration, altruistic behavior in the face of danger, and, as noted, inequality and citizenship.
5) Strictly speaking, natural selection should eliminate altruistic behavior, but it does not.
The researchers characterized the participants as more or less altruistic, based on their responses to questions about how often they engaged in different helping behaviors, and then compared the participants' brain scans with their estimated level of altruistic behavior.
While this topic is certainly more appropriate to moral theology than to ethics, Thomas Osborne widens the scope of the question to consider the moral problem of the psychology of altruistic behavior in relation to self-oriented behavior.