The Caring Motivation: An Integrated Theory

Hardcover | January 14, 2016

byOfra Mayseless

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Caring is all around us and is manifested in diverse settings such as parenting, friendships, volunteering, altruism, mentoring, teaching, pet adoption, and gardening. The study of caring, the giving end of our relations, has been dispersed among a large variety of research paradigms (e.g.,evolution, brain research, attachment theory, feminism, altruism, volunteering, parenting, social support, prosocial development, organizational citizenship behavior and sustainability) and this has impeded our understanding of caring. The Caring Motivation is a pioneering attempt to bring the diverse research on caring together and to examine caring as a motivation from a broad perspective that relies on these very diverse literatures. Author Ofra Mayseless underscores that we as a species have an innate, biologically driven andevolutionarily chosen, yet contextually sensitive, general motivation to care, tend, empower, and nurture. Several intriguing insights emerge, and a conceptual model of caring as a fundamental and encompassing human motivation is presented. This is the first time that such a model is discussed indetail and its presentation helps us understand core common processes of caring across diverse targets as well as unique adaptations. The model presents for the first time a comprehensive view on how caring is psychologically activated and sustained and underscores the importance of life meaning andpurpose in its enactment. The book also introduces a preliminary and innovative model of the universal developmental course of the caring motivational system from infancy to adulthood. This novel and pioneering view opens up exciting new arenas for research and for applications in psychotherapy, education, human growth,spirituality and religions, leadership and organizational behavior, and human sciences in general and highlights the pivotal place of care in our lives.

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Caring is all around us and is manifested in diverse settings such as parenting, friendships, volunteering, altruism, mentoring, teaching, pet adoption, and gardening. The study of caring, the giving end of our relations, has been dispersed among a large variety of research paradigms (e.g.,evolution, brain research, attachment theory, ...

Ofra Mayseless, PhD, is a professor of developmental psychology at the Faculty of Education, University of Haifa, Israel and a certified clinical psychologist. She served as Dean of the Faculty of Education University of Haifa and as Head of the National Pedagogical Secretariat, at the Ministry of Education Israel. Her research spans o...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:January 14, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199913617

ISBN - 13:9780199913619

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11. IntroductionPart I - Conceptual Frameworks Regarding CaringPart I Introduction2. Spiritual views of caring: Caring as divine3. Evolutionary approaches to caring/caregiving4. Empathic processes as key experiences in caring5. Biological bases of caregiving6. Attachment theory and caregiving7. Feminist perspectivesPart I ConclusionPart II - Manifestations of Caring and Caregiving in Different Domains and ContextsPart II Introduction8. Caring for familiar others9. Caring for strangers - conceptual perspectives10. Caring for strangers - examples of caring and nurturance11. Caring for non-human entities12. Caring in different social roles and contextsPart II ConclusionPart III - The Development of Caring and Individual DifferencesPart III Introduction13. The developmental course of the motivation to care (ontogenic development of caring)14. Individual differences in caring15. Sex/gender differences in caregivingPart III ConclusionPart IV. A Conceptual Model of Caring as a MotivationPart IV Introduction16. The 'caring motivational system' - fundamental, innate, complex and sophisticated17. The 'caring motivational system' - general, encompassing, diverse and flexible18. Tying the diverse conceptual perspectives together - ultimate and proximate causes19. The nature of our species - conceptual and applied implications20. Summary and Major ContributionsReferencesAbout the AuthorIndex