Altruism, Narcissism, Comity: Research Perspectives from Current Psychology / Edition 1

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How does the sense of basic fairness—or selflessness versus selfishness—arise? How is it exhibited behaviorally? How is it maintained? Few topics hold more contemporary significance or have proved more elusive to specification in precise scientific terms. Current research perspectives on altruism, narcissism, and comity by distinguished behavioral scientists from around the world were brought together in a special issue of Current Psychology (Summer 1998) and are offered here in a useful compendium.

Chapters and contributors include: "Equity, Justice, and Altruism" by Graham F. Wagstaff; "Reactions to the Fate of One's Brainchild After Its Disclosure" by Sidney Rosen and Shannon Wheatman; "Need Norm, Demographic Influence, Social Role, and Justice Judgment" by Helen E. Linkey and Sheldon Alexander; "Adaptive and Maladaptive Narcissism" by Robert W. Hill and Greg Yousey; "Perceptions of Self-Oriented and Other-Oriented Help-Providers" by Mark A. Barnett, Guy D. Vitaglione, Jeffrey S. Bartel, Birgit S. Valdez, Lee Ann Steadman, and Kimberly K. G. Harper; and "Pathological Narcissism and Serial Homicide" by Louis B. Schlesinger. Altruism, Narcissism, Comity will benefit students, researchers, and practitioners in the psychological sciences, sociology, political science, philosophy, law, and other disciplines concerned with the nature of selflessness, heroism, justice, and their variants.

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Editorial Reviews

The 11 articles are from a special fall 1998 issue of the journal. They both provide insight into the dynamics of altruistic and narcissistic behavior and illuminate how investigators have sought to devise methods that operationalize by approximation the multifaceted and complex antecedents, correlates, and concomitants of self- centered, self-absorbed, and selfless behavior. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765804679
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Nathaniel J. Pallone (1935-2004) was university distinguished professor of psychology at the Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University. In addition he served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. His books include Altruism, Narcissism, Comity and Mental Disorder among Prisoners.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword
1 Equity, Justice, and Altruism 1
2 Reactions to the Fate of One's Brain-Child after Its Disclosure 33
3 Perfectionism in Relation to Attributions for Success or Failure 55
4 Need Norm, Demographic Influence, Social Role, and Justice Judgment 73
5 Adaptive and Maladaptive Narcissism among University Faculty, Clergy, Politicians, and Librarians 87
6 Perceptions of Self-Oriented and Other-Oriented Help-Providers 97
7 The Linkage between Spurned Help and Burnout among Practicing Nurses 121
8 Doctrinal Orthodoxy, Religious Orientation, and Anthropocentrism 133
9 Intrinsic Religious Motivation and Attitudes toward Death among the Elderly 151
10 Counterfeit Courage: Toward a Process Psychology Paradigm for the "Heroic Rescue Fantasy" 163
11 Pathological Narcissism and Serial Homicide: Review and Case Study 183
About the Contributors 197
Index 203
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