June 10, 2015
Dr. Bobby Moodley
Pay It Forward The act of kindness this student performed was one she does often and without a second thought. Whenever she sees an elderly person in a grocery store that appears to be looking for something or cannot reach an item she assists in any capacity she can. Her father taught this to her as the golden rule, and it is a part of her personality makeup. Her actions could be considered altruism that is selfishness in reverse. An altruistic person, he or she is helpful and concerned even when no benefits are expected in return (Myers, 2010).
Altruism, Personal and Professional Social Responsibility, and Codependency Personal and professional social responsibility is acting in a way that benefits society, unlike altruism, which is a selfless and true concern for others. Codependent actions usually occur because the giver has a need within the reciprocal relationship with the receiver. Although there are internal rewards for altruism, such as feeling good about the act, helping others for any other reward will make it non-altruistic (Myers, 2010).
Applying Altruism to Psychology or Psychological Principles In psychology professionals are more empathetic than altruistic the goal is to support the best interest of their clients. Psychological principles are mainly to support and encourage a client to grow, thrive, and achieve a better quality of life. Being able to give up one’s time in an effort to benefit someone else is true altruism. Professionals in the field of psychology have moral and ethical obligations to help their clients. Empathy for a person’s situation kicks in and we would not want to be in that position. Having altruism will make the professionals in the field stronger and reputable. The psychologist who is altruistic in his or her behavior is within the norm for psychological principles (Myers, 2010).
Altruism as it Improves the Human Condition Altruism can impact
References: Flynn, S.V., & Black, L. L. (2011) An Emergent Theory of Altruism and Self-Interest. Journal Of Counseling & Development, 89 (4), 459-469 Myers, D. G. (2010). Social psychology (10th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill.