Abstract

At the root of altruism lie empathy and compassion. While some may think that we are mostly driven by selfishness, more and more research is showing that social connection is a fundamental human need and that we are wired to experience empathy and compassion. We thrive with greater social connection, resonate deeply with others emotions and experiences at the level of our physiology and brain, and experience pleasure and transcendence helping others and observing others being helped.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1944-768X
Print ISSN
0037-783X
Pages
pp. 411-430
Launched on MUSE
2014-04-30
Open Access
No
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