Halting the Tide of Pseudo-Idealism

The psychology of extreme liberalism can be summed up as "pseudo-idealism," or "a term coined by the biologist Jeremy Griffith to describe apparently charitable behavior that on scrutiny is revealed as selfish, because the giver is engaging in it only so that he or she can feel good about him or herself." An understanding of the pathology of this state, and in particular its cause, raises the alarming prospect that as Generations X, Y, and Z come of age, pseudo-idealism will become endemic.  Trying to resist ever-increasing numbers would appear to be a losing battle, so the question is, can it be stopped at its source? Griffith, and the psychiatrist Kyle Rossiter, suggested that the pathology of pseudo-idealism is relatively simple: emotional hurt suffered during childhood creates adults with so much psychological pain that they need to find a way to escape it.  Pseudo-idealism then becomes an irresistible option, because by doing "good" deeds, it is possible to delude...(Read Full Article)

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