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Published: 18 February 2016

440 Pages


ISBN: 9780199913619

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The Caring Motivation

An Integrated Theory

Ofra Mayseless

  • Presents a conceptual model of the caring motivation that describes how caring is psychologically activated
  • Highlights and provides strong evidence to maintain that human nature is innately caring, as opposed to mostly selfish, and that such caring is central in our lives
  • Demonstrates that caring involves a variety of manifestations with diverse targets (close and unfamiliar others, pets, gardens), all ensuing from the same source
  • Introduces an innovative model of the universal developmental course of caring, from infancy to adulthood
  • Discusses the idea that to be caring also consists, at times, of being harsh, punitive, and even aggressive
  • Highlights that the caring motivational system includes proactive desire to care not only reactions to needs

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