Collective protective instinct?
June 16, 2014 7:36 AM Subscribe
I am looking for research/articles/papers on people's instinct to sacrifice for the "greater good".
I have read an article mentioning John Bowlby and a term called "collective protective instinct", but outside of said article I haven't found any mention of this term.
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I've been given 24 hours to present my findings on an interdisciplinary research topic. My subject is "The conflict between the biological parental instinct to protect offspring, and societal values of sacrifice for the "greater good", particularly in times of conflict." What I mean to study by this is mothers (particularly mothers because of the hormonal differences, and because I need to narrow my research) sending their sons and daughters off to war, and psychological mechanisms that help deal with this conflict.
I should note that asking the hivemind's help in looking for resources is not considered cheating on this assignment, as it's main objective is to assess my ability to approach an unfamiliar subject from an interdisciplinary perspective and present my findings in a coherent manner.
I have found many resources about the parental instinct to protect offspring (motherhood aggression, hormones, postnatal brain functions, etc) yet not much scientific data about people's instinct/behavioral patterns of sacrificing for the greater good. Any help would be much appreciated!