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Posted by on Monday, February 9, 2009 at 1:02am.

Is there really such a thing as altruism? Why or why
not? What motivates people to help?

please help me answer this question I don't know the meaning of Altruism?

  • Psy285 - , Monday, February 9, 2009 at 1:04am

    Altruism is the selfless concern for the welfare of others. In order to answer this question you have to think why people help others (which is more philosophical).

  • Psy285 - , Monday, February 9, 2009 at 9:24am

    I am always amazed at the opera in the back of the program the listings of contributors, listing them in categories such as
    Grand Patron
    Patron
    Benefactor
    Program Supporter
    Subscriber
    Contributor
    Or on buildings the nice cast plaques with names on them? Or even at my church's "memorial" garden, bricks with names on them.

  • Psy285 - , Monday, February 9, 2009 at 12:20pm

    Altruism requires no extrinsic/external reward. The deed is self-rewarding (intrinsic). In other words, the good feeling you get — and possibly an improvement in your self image — is adequate. The plaques or listing of contributors are extrinsic. An anonymous donation would be intrinsic.

    Here is an article that might help:

    http://www.members.cox.net/dagershaw/lol/Volunteer.html

    I hope this helps a little more. Thanks for asking.

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