9781137031280

Motivation, Altruism, Personality and Social Psychology The Coming Age of Altruism

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    9781137031280

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    113703128X

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-11-22
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

Motivation, Altruism, Personality, and Social Psychology takes up the debate around altruism and the acceptance in society that self-interest is a healthy guiding principle in life, and argues that altruism contributes to better states of psychological health that transcend self-actualization. In discussing altruism in relation to peace psychology, positive psychology, social and evolutionary psychology, psychotherapy, and in terms of neurobiological evidence, this book argues that the field of psychology is stuck in a 'dark age,' driving people towards a focus on the self and promoting self-interest at the expense of the 'other' and one's wider social surroundings.

Michael Babula proposes a new paradigm in which the traditional pyramidal hierarchy is replaced with a hyperbolic organization of motivational advancement, and details the research evidence in support of this radical new framework, and its implications for society as a whole.

Author Biography

Michael Babula is an international scholar who holds a dual doctorate in psychology and politics and an MBA in finance. His publications in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology and PS: Political Science and Politics aim to transform the way in which social scientists view human psychological development. He has taught Applied Social Psychology at Marymount University, USA, Macroeconomics and Microeconomics at Loyola University, USA, and Quantitative Research Methods to postgraduate students at the University of London, UK.

Table of Contents

PART I: INTRINSIC DRIVE TO BECOME EXOCENTRIC ALTRUISTS
1. An Unenlightened Developmental Psychology
2. Proposed Hyperbola Paradigm
3. Expanding the Scope of Biological Evolution
4. The Unlikely Samaritans
PART II: A FRESH LOOK AT PATHOLOGY
5. Pathological Self-Interest
6. Needs Frustration and Mindset of 9/11 Jihadists
7. The Special Case of Psychopathy
PART III: SEQUENTIAL CONFIRMATION OF THE HYPERBOLA PARADIGM
8. Post-materialist Value Change
9. New Challenges for the West
10. Political Values in a Threat Environment
11. The Rejection of Barabbas
PART IV: THE COMING AGE OF ALTRUISM
12. Aligning Governing Systems and Altruistic Values
13. Promoting Altruistic Constructivist Education
14. Helping the Afflicted Transcend Self-Interest

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