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  1. Introduction
  2. Comparison
  3. Altruism
  4. Analysis
  5. Conclusion

My random act of kindness was paying a family member's cable bill so her service wouldn't get turned off. This case was a bit more unique because it wasn't just her favorite channels she would be missing out on. She has a twelve year old autistic son who if doesn't have internet, will get into extreme anger and anxiety attacks. To me, altruism is the foundation of a good world. In a more fictional aspect, I view altruism as ?the source of all good'.

In comparison to social, personal and professional responsibility, altruism is a genuine act of kindness with the sole purpose to help someone, not to meet social expectations. Personal, professional, and social responsibility are just as they are called; responsibilities.

They are acts, reactions, and behaviors that are already expected out of society for one to either aid the community, groups, or individuals if they can. For example, if a woman has three children and a hand full of groceries, it would be considered a personal responsibility for many to open the door for her. A professional example includes the expectation that all employees should be treated nicely and with respect. Someone can't get fired if they look at another person in a mean way but it wouldn't be positively viewed by other employees or people. An interesting example of altruism is a brave civilian climbing up a tall water tower to try and save a troubled young teen from suicide.

[...] To me, altruism is the foundation of a good world. In a more fictional aspect, I view altruism as source of all good'. In comparison to social, personal and professional responsibility, altruism is a genuine act of kindness with the sole purpose to help someone, not to meet social expectations. Personal, professional, and social responsibility are just as they are called; responsibilities. They are acts, reactions, and behaviors that are already expected out of society for one to either aid the community, groups, or individuals if they can. [...]


[...] This is why social psychology exists. Altruism couldn't exist if there wasn't a world of people to do selfless acts for. One example of altruism's application to psychological principles is explained by Stocks, Lishner, & Decker (2009), stating that a number of experiments suggest that empathy evokes an altruistic motive to aid the individual because they genuinely want to stop the suffering not gain an egoistic aversive-arousal motive. Personal and professional responsibilities related to altruism include, respecting each other, working as a team, treat other people and co-workers as you would want to be treated, and conduct acts of kindness to each customer or any individual you ever get the chance to. [...]

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