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Altruism | Defined
Greater Good Magazine
Format: Magazine Article
Publication Year: Submitted
Sources ID: 48326
Collection: Altruism
Visibility: Public (group default)
Abstract: (Show)
Altruism is when we act to promote someone else’s welfare, even at a risk or cost to ourselves. Though some believe that humans are fundamentally self-interested, recent research suggests otherwise: Studies have found that people’s first impulse is to cooperate rather than compete; that toddlers spontaneously help people in need out of a genuine concern for their welfare; and that even non-human primates display altruism.