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Unformatted text preview: charitable of cases are solely for the benefit of the one committing the act of kindness. Even those who join the Peace Corps can be accused of doing so for the benefit of feeling good about oneself. Even so, there are the undeniable cases where a person sacrifices his own life or well-being to protect a loved one. Such cases are a primary argument against Freuds belief in the individuals motivation. Approaching motivation from a darker side, desire for self-destruction can be replaced instead by a desire to destroy others. This is not, as Freud argues, an outward result of self-destructive tendencies, but instead as an awareness of others. This sense of otherness is largely neglected by Freud and thus he argues that selfish behavior is the only motivation behind any action, even destructive ones....
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- Fall '08