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Altruism Or Guilt: Applying My Sociological Imagination To Choosing A Helping Profession, Elizabeth Mccauley Jan 2005

Altruism Or Guilt: Applying My Sociological Imagination To Choosing A Helping Profession, Elizabeth Mccauley

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

In this autobiographical analysis of internalized guilt and social responsibility, I question why I choose to work in a helping profession. Why did I choose not to pursue a career as a visual artist? How are the two choices interrelated and/or exclusive of one another? I question whether my need to take care of others is in balance with my need to take care of myself. I feel as though my career goals originate more from guilt than a genuine desire to help others. How should compassion and empathy factor in the continuum between altruism and guilt? If so ...