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Putting Others First Is Healthy If You Do It the Right Way

Research into what motivates our supportive behaviors

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In times of crisis, it is common to valorize putting others first. Yet, you might wonder whether being the kind of person who puts others first is unequivocally good. There’s a current of resistance to this idea in popular culture — “That’s the problem with putting others…

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T Ryan Byerly

T Ryan Byerly

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Sheffield. Author of several books, including Putting Others First (Routledge Press: 2019)