Heroism: A Conceptual Analysis and Differentiation between Heroic Action and Altruism

  title={Heroism: A Conceptual Analysis and Differentiation between Heroic Action and Altruism},
  author={Zeno Franco and Kathy Blau and Philip G. Zimbardo},
  journal={Review of General Psychology},
  pages={113 - 99}
Heroism represents the ideal of citizens transforming civic virtue into the highest form of civic action, accepting either physical peril or social sacrifice. While implicit theories of heroism abound, surprisingly little theoretical or empirical work has been done to better understand the phenomenon. Toward this goal, we summarize our efforts to systematically develop a taxonomy of heroic subtypes as a starting point for theory building. Next we explore three apparent paradoxes that surround… 

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