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"Pathological altruism"

PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 7:52 am
by enceladus
Hi all -

A great article here about "Pathological altruism."

http://www.amren.com/features/2012/07/p ... -altruism/

Quote - "Pathological altruism” (PA) is a relatively new concept; the term entered the scientific literature only in 1984. There has been very little written about it, partly because altruism is so highly regarded in the West that few scientists dare criticize it. This book makes it clear that PA is a problem well worth studying.

PA is generally defined as a sincere attempt to help others that instead harms others or oneself, and is “an unhealthy focus on others to the detriment of one’s own needs.” Several of the contributors offer tantalizing definitions: PA is likely when people “falsely believe that they caused the other’s problems, or falsely believe that they have the means to relieve the person of suffering.” Or, it is “the false belief that one’s own success, happiness, or well-being is a source of unhappiness for others.” PA “often involves self-righteousness,” and can result in “impulsive and ineffective efforts to equalize or level the playing field.”

Sounds like the Swedish people to me - giving away their country.
Anyway, knowing about this condition is very useful, hence this post.
- enceladus