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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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What makes individuals behave altruistically against their selfish interests?
The scope of an altruism profile denotes the internal and external contexts in which an individual is likely to act altruistically.
Because if all think altruistically, we realize that our potential "enemies" are not within our department, not at all.
Despite depending on the donations of the wealthy (and government funding), Planned Parenthood altruistically goes beyond its natural constituency.
industry would' Investments in community work, children's coaching and talent development are not undertaken altruistically, but to fill the pipeline with potential fans, sponsors and players.
But an opt-out system with appropriate safeguards, which is being proposed by the Welsh Government, would ensure those who wish to donate can leave their name on the proposed list for addition to the UK organ donation register, and exercise their right to altruistically donate their organs.
Currently in the UK, organ donation operates according to the fundamental principle that organs/tissues are donated altruistically and it is illegal to receive a payment for supplying an organ.
People have too quickly jumped to the conclusion that just because animals help each other, they are behaving altruistically," says Raghavendra Gadagkar of the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore.
Is there something stirring in your soul that compels you to do the best you can altruistically do?
The patient mothers seem to be performing their community function altruistically.
A: When organ donation came about, it was believed that people would altruistically help their family members or friends if and when they needed an organ transplant.