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Dan Batson’s empathy-altruism hypothesis ‘claims that empathic concern (other-oriented emotion felt for someone in need—sympathy, compassion, tenderness, and the like) produces altruistic motivation (a motivational state with the ultimate goal of increasing the other’s welfare)’. http://onthehuman.org/2009/10/empathic-concern-and-altruism-in-humans/

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