Altruism and Health
Perspectives from Empirical Research
Edited by Stephen G. Post
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Altruism and Health by Stephen G. Post
Book DescriptionDoes a kindly, charitable interest in others have health benefits for the agent, particularly when coupled with helping behaviours? Although the answer remains unclear, researchers have established that there is an association between generous emotions, helping behaviour, and longevity. Increasingly, emotional states and their related behaviours are being studied by mainstream scientists in relation to health promotion and disease prevention. If helping affect or behaviour can be linked with health and longevity, there are significant implications for how we think about human nature and prosperity. Although studies show that those who are physically or psychologically overwhelmed by the needs of others do experience a stressful burden that can have significant negative health consequences, little attention has been given to whether there are health benefits from helping behaviour that is fulfilling, not overwhelming. In this book, Stephen Post brings together distinguished researchers from basic science to address this question in objective terms. The book provides heuristic models, from evolution and neuroscience, to explain the association between altruism and health, and examines potential public health and practical implications of the existing data.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195182910
(243mm x 165mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 14-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United States
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Evolutionary, neurological, psychological, social, cultural, and religious aspects of altruistic behaviour are examined in this work. The guide establishes a framework by presenting an overview, a review of contemporary research, and various debates, as well as possible future directions.
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Author Biography - Stephen G. Post
Stephen G. Post is a professor in the Department of Bioethics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. President of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, he has studied altruism and unselfish love for three decades at the interface of science, philosophy, and world religions.
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