Charity Begins at Home

December 1, 2010 at 10:35 PM

A group of researchers funded by Notre Dame is studying why people give – or don’t – reports USA Today.

I find University of Kansas’s Omri Gillath’s claim that “attachment security” leads to giving fairly convincing:

Attachment security is formed in childhood when we seek caregivers, starting with our mothers, to protect us. People who have been neglected or rejected by caregivers can develop attachment insecurity.

If you feel confident of your own safety and security, it’s much easier to feel you can afford to spare some of your resources to help others. If you feel like your own survival is forever in doubt, you’re more likely to hoard what you have.


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