Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: Books are sorted alphabetically…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

The list of books available on PEP Web is sorted alphabetically, with the exception of Freud’s Collected Works, Glossaries, and Dictionaries. You can find this list in the Books Section.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Nielsen, M.L. (2010). Incorporating a Concept of Altruism into Psychoanalytic Theory. Int. J. Appl. Psychoanal. Stud., 7(4):262-280.

(2010). International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 7(4):262-280

Research Articles

Incorporating a Concept of Altruism into Psychoanalytic Theory

Mary L. Nielsen

This paper proposes the existence of an intrinsic, non-conflictual altruistic impulse, and presents arguments from human behavior studies, evolutionary theory, attachment theory, and psychoanalytic writings to support this thesis. Altruism has been previously regarded as a defensive phenomenon based on assumptions about the superego, competitiveness, individualism, and self-interested libido. This paper proposes that the element of primary other-orientedness makes possible a non-neurotic component of oedipal resolution, based on triadic love. Finally, the paper defines remorse as an altruistic or other-oriented repair.

[This is a summary excerpt from the full text of the journal article. The full text of the document is available to journal subscribers on the publisher's website here.]

Copyright © 2021, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.