Human Altruism and Cooperation: Needs and the Promotion of Well-Being in Modern Life: Introduction Part V

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Part of the Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects book series (DIPR, volume 36)

Abstract

The remarkable journey that this volume represents on the exploration of the origins of altruism and cooperation reaches its last station, one that is eminently human. Altruism may be seen as the unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others. Cooperation involves joint activity for a common purpose or benefit. Together, these concepts denote high forms of prosocial behavior and illustrate forms of positive health or well-being (Cloninger, 2004; Cloninger & Zohar, 2011; Mezzich, 2005). A brief analysis of the scope and implications of the above health concepts may be helpful for understanding their bases better and advancing their fulfillment.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Center for Mental Health, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York UniversityNew YorkUSA

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