The over-determination of selflessness in villains and heroes

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The suicidality hypothesis could be applied to other situations, such as cases in regular military organizations or in terrorist groups, where individuals put themselves in circumstances that are directly suicidal. Self-selection in these cases may be motivated by depression or short-term hopelessness. Both violent and charitable acts are over-determined, and a multiplicity of motives should be considered in explaining them.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364
Number of pages1
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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