Altruism, Narcissism, Comity

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  • Copyright: 1999-04-30
  • Publisher: Routledge
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How does the sense of basic fairness--or selflessness versus selfishness--arise? How is it exhibited behaviorally? How is it maintained? Few topics hold more contemporary significance or have proved more elusive to specification in precise scientific terms. Current research perspectives on altruism, narcissism, and comity by distinguished behavioral scientists from around the world were brought together in a special issue of Current Psychology (Summer 1998) and are offered here in a useful compendium. Chapters and contributors include: "Equity, Justice, and Altruism" by Graham F. Wagstaff; "Reactions to the Fate of One's Brainchild After Its Disclosure" by Sidney Rosen and Shannon Wheatman; "Need Norm, Demographic Influence, Social Role, and Justice Judgment" by Helen E. Linkey and Sheldon Alexander; "Adaptive and Maladaptive Narcissism" by Robert W. Hill and Greg Yousey; "Perceptions of Self-Oriented and Other-Oriented Help-Providers" by Mark A. Barnett, Guy D. Vitaglione, Jeffrey S. Bartel, Birgit S. Valdez, Lee Ann Steadman, and Kimberly K. G. Harper; and "Pathological Narcissism and Serial Homicide" by Louis B. Schlesinger. Altruism, Narcissism, Comity will benefit students, researchers, and practitioners in the psychological sciences, sociology, political science, philosophy, law, and other disciplines concerned with the nature of selflessness, heroism, justice, and their variants. Nathaniel Pallone is University Distinguished Professor, psychology and criminal justice, at Rutgers University, and executive editor of Current Psychology. He is the author of Mental Disorder Among Prisoners, Rehabilitating Criminal Sexual Psychopaths, and On the Social Utility of Psychopathology, all available from Transaction.

Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword
Equity, Justice, and Altruismp. 1
Reactions to the Fate of One's Brain-Child after Its Disclosurep. 33
Perfectionism in Relation to Attributions for Success or Failurep. 55
Need Norm, Demographic Influence, Social Role, and Justice Judgmentp. 73
Adaptive and Maladaptive Narcissism among University Faculty, Clergy, Politicians, and Librariansp. 87
Perceptions of Self-Oriented and Other-Oriented Help-Providersp. 97
The Linkage between Spurned Help and Burnout among Practicing Nursesp. 121
Doctrinal Orthodoxy, Religious Orientation, and Anthropocentrismp. 133
Intrinsic Religious Motivation and Attitudes toward Death among the Elderlyp. 151
Counterfeit Courage: Toward a Process Psychology Paradigm for the "Heroic Rescue Fantasy"p. 163
Pathological Narcissism and Serial Homicide: Review and Case Studyp. 183
About the Contributorsp. 197
Indexp. 203
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