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Definition of Psychological egoism

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view that all human motivation is egoistic or selfish, view that people act egoistically in their own interest
Psychological egoism Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
Theological and Philosophical Biography and Dictionary
A pseudo-scientific theory which says it is impossible for you to act contrary to what you believe to be in your best interest. If it is true, Ethical Egoism is pointless since you cannot help acting in what you believe to be your best interest.
Psychological egoism Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Psychological egoism is the view that humans are always motivated by self-interest, even in what seem to be acts of altruism. It claims that, when people choose to help others, they do so ultimately because of the personal benefits that they themselves expect to obtain, directly or indirectly, from doing so. This is a descriptive rather than normative view, since it only makes claims about how things are, not how they ought to be. It is, however, related to several other normative forms of egoism, such as ethical egoism and rational egoism.

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