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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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More objective evidence of altruism buttresses these findings.
Altruism means remission from one's rights for the sake of others and preferring other one or ones over oneself and it also denotes prioritizing others' goal to oneself and assuming other' interest as prior to one's benefit [5].
In order to assess such behaviours in the education sector five dimensions of OCB as identified by Organ, (1983) namely; altruism, conscientiousness sportsmanship, civic virtue, and courtesy are studied.
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It seems to us, in their understandable desire to provide a theoretically coherent and empirically justified definition and causal analysis of empathy Barnett and Mann have extended the concept beyond its domain of meaning and transformed it into something approximating altruism.
The square was famous for a squatting campaign to try and preserve social housing and he had done a lot of work into altruism and what the evolutionary causes were.
Indeed, Alan McGregor (2008) argues that altruism had an evolutionary origin in that that it helped the genes of any specific community to survive in competition with those of rival groups in the selective struggle for access to the resources necessary to sustain life.
The Organ Donor Experience: Good Samaritans and the Meaning of Altruism profiles donors who have offered their organs to strangers and aims to help readers understand the motivation for their donations.
She perceived a choice between: "A morality of rational self-interest, with its consequences of freedom, justice, progress and man's happiness on earth - or the primordial morality of altruism, with its consequences of slavery, brute force, stagnant terror and sacrificial furnaces.
You don't have to hire Good to improve your company's altruism scores although a marketer versed in social media can help.
Researchers from UCL Anthropology used the lost letter technique to measure altruism across 20 London neighbourhoods by dropping 300 letters on the pavement and recording whether they arrived at their destination.
awarded 15 high school graduates from southern Michigan with $1,000 scholarships for their commitment to altruism and community service.