Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Altruism in Psychotherapy: Altruistic Acts as an Adjunct to Psychotherapy
by Santos, Erin, Psy.D., Pepperdine University, 2019, 96; 10842156
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cozolino, Lou
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 79/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Cognitive psychology
Keywords: Altruism, Brain, Neuroscience, Psychotherapy
Publication Number: 10842156
ISBN: 978-0-438-27128-9
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