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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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If their brains' electrical circuits lit up, the researchers chocked it up to altruism because participants had no role.
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How, many biologists wonder rhetorically, could a trait such as self-sacrificial altruism arise and remain evolutionarily stable so long as selfishness trumps it?
Nevertheless, few researchers have examined specific intrapersonal counselor characteristics (e.g., altruism) of school counselors related to burnout.
In evolutionary terms, we can easily understand altruism toward kin and others who can reciprocate our help.
Selfish-gene theory allowed, however, for an explanation of altruism that arose in the 1960s and became known as "kin selection." If a gene affects altruism in such a way that the altruism is more likely to be directed at close relatives, the gene can spread in the population despite the cost imposed on the altruist.
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].
volunteering for unpaid tasks, providing innovative suggestions to improve the organisation as a whole etc.) OCB can play significant role in the education sector through its varied dimensions namely altruism, conscientiousness, civic virtue, courtesy and sportsmanship.
In order to rule out extraneous influences on the relationship among community trust and altruism in knowledge sharing intention as well as knowledge sharing behavior, we have to take into account other possible confounding variables.
(25) Although altruism might motivate such a donation in part, other factors likely also motivate the donation.
You can experience the benefits of altruism by taking advantage of opportunities to help others through your own actions in everyday life and through engagement with others, such as by contributing to charities, or helping out in volunteer efforts.
We explored the everyday using of the two Russian words, 'altruism' and 'mercy', which originally had the same meanings.