Why Do Babies Cry: Once Again About Egoism and Altruism



The article deals with a ratio between egoistic and altruistic components in a person’s motivation and activity. The author provides new interpretations for the widely known examples of altruistic behavior. The results of experimental investigations discovering positive correlations, which exist between egoism and altruism in a person’s daily activity, are quoted. The author touches upon the problem of egoism as a new possible subject of psychology. The incorporation of egoism concept into the structure of modern humanitarian science opens new perspectives for theorizing and experimental investigations

General Information

Keywords: altruism, primary motives, subject of psychology, self-realization, happiness, egoism, empathy

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology and Age-Related Psychology

Article type: review article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/jmfp.2015040303

For citation: Levit L.Z. Why Do Babies Cry: Once Again About Egoism and Altruism [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2015. Vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 24–31. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2015040303. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Leonid Z. Levit, Doctor of Psychology, Doctoral candidate, Belorussia State Pedagogical University, the faculty of psychology, Minsk, Belarus, e-mail: leolev44@tut.by



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