This study will explore the impact of altruism on the mind, brain, and body in order to investigate the potential value of using guided altruistic behavior as an adjunct to attaining the goals of psychotherapy. there is considerable evidence from religious and social practices across cultures, groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, and epidemiological research that point to the positive physical and psychological effects of helping others. This idea was initially stimulated by findings that demonstrated that altruism stimulates brain regions also important to the processes and goals of successful psychotherapy. It is hypothesized that engaging in altruistic behaviors will stimulate emotions, thoughts, and neurobiological processes that will enhance the therapeutic process from a biopsychosocial model. The relevant literature suggests that there may be a correlation between altruism and achieving the goals of therapy.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Dissertations (PsyD) -- Psychology; Altruism -- Psychological aspects
Date of Award
Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Santos, Erin, "Altruism in psychotherapy: altruistic acts as an adjunct to psychotherapy" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 982.