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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 techniques of developing altruist and martyrdom culture among the adolescents", Newsletter of altruist and martyrdom culture, October 13th
Assume now that altruists benefit only other altruists (all the parameters remaining equal).
i], G), implies that individual contributions are interdependent, in that giving by one altruist directly increases the utility of other altruists.
The idea is that groups containing altruists possess survival advantages against groups that do not.
It could be that this model misspecifies the behavior of subjects by including egoists with altruists.
An altruist who wishes only to ameliorate the visible needs of people around them, or to help a particular group of people deemed to be in need, can pursue this end in the public or voluntary sectors.
25) His altruist model, on the other hand, is an effort to formally model the ways in which "altruism" in the family leads to coordinated behavior.
14) But some biologists do admit that "empathy and altruism often exist where the chances for any return to the altruist are nil.
In his seminal 1965 work, The Professional Altruist, Roy Lubove was prescient in his conclusion that social work's focus on the therapeutic role has deflected attention from liaison and resource mobilization and has "created a vacuum which remains unfilled" (Lubove, 1965, p.
Helmer Dhawan and editor Nirmal Chander build an almost fictional structure around the three characters--the thoughtful, philosophical Ravi, who is now fearful when his son plays in the water; the elemental Siril; and Cameron, the disillusioned altruist.
Tom is a true altruist, always believing that the role of EHP is to impact the human condition by providing a forum for scientific information to be used by researchers, policy makers, and individuals to improve human health around the world.