Pay it Forward: Altruism- December 12th, 2011

Pay it Forward

Performing anonymous acts of kindness is a rare occasion. People help others in need less and less. Some individuals feel the motivation to provide something of value, and have a moral obligation to society. Altruism plays a role in personal and professional social responsibility. Altruism also applies to psychology and psychological principles. The future in psychology, in relation to altruism, will be very strong.  Having an economy that is failing, more people are losing their homes and belongings. Especially during the holidays, people feel down and out. Others feel as if they have a moral obligation to help others in a time of crisis and the holidays are always when families get hit hard with hardships.

I recently volunteered for the “First Things First Foundation.” This is Kurt Warner’s foundation in Arizona that promotes safe families and opportunities to all. I felt a moral obligation to help the families and children in this country. I felt that it was my personal responsibility to help as I came from a broken home. Working in the higher education industry, I also felt a professional obligation to give back to the community. Helping families know the route to prepare for college and offering scholarship opportunities to those in need. I felt a personal and professional obligation to help and volunteer. It is unfortunate that some are codependent on non-profit organizations and state aid to live and feel a sense of safety. Some people are codependent on unemployment, food stamps, etc.  I feel that altruism is large in our society but could become a larger component.

Altruism applies to psychology and psychological principles because professionals in the field have a passion for helping others or helping others figure out answers to their problems. Being able to sacrifice one’s time and effort to benefit another individual is true altruism and professionals in the field have a moral and ethical obligation to help his or her patients. Us as humans also feel as if we have a personal obligation to help others as we would not want to be in that position. Having altruism is crucial in the field of psychology because it will make our professionals in the field that much stronger and reputable.

Altruism can impact the human condition. Natural selection and behaviors. Altruism is important in the social concept and understanding the human behavior. Altruism and egoism are both key when thinking about the human condition, if we can behave altruistically, our social aspect will change hence so will our human condition. Having these aspects does not guarantee positive results, but are more understood. Altruism and charity are not the same. Altruism is a desired goal for our society as whole to implement (Flynn & Black 2011).  Psychology is headed into a new world in which altruism is necessary.  Compassion and a sense of moral obligation will be a personal responsibility in our compliant society. As professionals in the field, they must be optimistic and non bias. Having a sense of altruism can make a world of a difference in how someone is spoken too or even treated.

Performing anonymous acts of kindness is a rare occasion. People help others in need less and less. Some individuals feel the motivation to provide something of value, and have a moral obligation to society. Altruism plays a role in personal and professional social responsibility. Altruism also applies to psychology and psychological principles. The future in psychology, in relation to altruism, will be very strong

Reference

 Flynn, S. V., & Black, L. L. (2011). An Emergent Theory of Altruism and Self-Interest. Journal Of Counseling & Development, 89(4), 459-469.

 

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