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egoistic helping

a form of helping behavior in which the goal of the helper is to increase his or her positive feelings or to receive some other benefit. For example, someone may make a large donation to an institution with the expressed interest of having a building named in his or her honor.

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March 2nd 2024




1. the sum of an individual’s innate characteristics.

2. more broadly, the basic psychological and physical makeup of an individual, due partly to heredity and partly to life experience and environmental factors. —constitutional adj.