A professor implied that these two are similar in some way.

Explanations I came up with:

  • Altruists might be living for others, causing them to not follow their own goals. Or,
  • The connection only concerns "fake" altruists who are afraid that people might dislike them, and the same fear might hold them back in life.

Is there a connection? And does it follow from common sense (like in my explanation attempts), or is there any research on the connection between the two?

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    $\begingroup$ Are you referring to a connection between altruism and noradrenaline (norepinephrine) levels? Could you tell us more specifically what you're referring to and perhaps show what you've done to try and answer the question yourself? $\endgroup$ Nov 22 at 16:40
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    $\begingroup$ "A professor implied"... What professor? Professor of what? In what publication? What have you found while looking online or reading books? We work differently to many SE sites, where we have a strict policy that all questions should show evidence of prior research. This helps to provide an answer which will be more helpful. $\endgroup$ Nov 23 at 10:10
  • $\begingroup$ I have researched the topic, using 'passivity' as keyword for 'living with your brakes on'. I could not find anything, that is why I'm asking here. I found barely any research on passivity. And what I read in that respect had no connection to altruism. $\endgroup$
    – dasWesen
    Nov 23 at 16:46
  • $\begingroup$ It is from an oral statement, not from any publication. I was thinking of omitting that part from the question, but given that there is no visible research connecting the two, it seemed warranted to explain where my question comes from. Professor in psychology and endocrinology. $\endgroup$
    – dasWesen
    Nov 23 at 16:50
  • $\begingroup$ @ARogueAnt. , thanks, even if not a complete answer, norepinephrine is a great keyword for a new round of searching. $\endgroup$
    – dasWesen
    Nov 23 at 17:01

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