Montreal, Canada, December 24, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Queendom.com, a pioneer in online personality, career, and IQ assessments, is releasing results of their research on giving. Their findings indicate that while most people are generally altruistic in nature, the philosophical battle of whether 'tis better to give or to receive still rages on.
After collecting data from over 13,000 people, Queendom.com uncovered eye-opening information on the philosophies of giving and receiving. Gender comparisons of Queendom's data on their Egoism/Altruism test reveal that women are more altruistic than men (score of 75 vs. 65 on a scale of 0 to 100), more empathetic (73 vs. 68), and more willing to be helpful (71 vs. 66). Age comparisons indicate that older age groups (those 30 and over) compared to younger age groups are more altruistic (74 vs. 65), empathetic (75 vs. 69), and helpful (74 vs. 66). Younger people are also more likely to be "opportunistic": their altruism comes with stipulations, in that they are willing to give, but want something in return. Queendom's statistics also reveal that 55% of people have been accused of being self-centered at least once in their life, and of those who proclaimed themselves as being totally altruistic, ironically, 6% admit that others actually consider them to be the total opposite.
"Whether altruism is better than egoism or vice versa, is highly subjective," surmises Dr. Ilona Jerabek, President of the company. "Some people feel that it's best to look out for themselves; others feel that it's our purpose in life, if not our duty, to help others. Does that mean that egoists are selfish and don't live fulfilling lives? Not necessarily. Our research does show, however, that altruists are more likely to be in happy relationships, to enjoy their job and to perform well at work. And despite what some may think, being altruistic doesn't require a big bank account. Our test-takers in the lower salary range were actually slightly more altruistic than those in the upper ranges."
So to what degree do egoists and altruists differ? After comparing extreme Scrooges to extreme Santas, Queendom's research revealed some rather fascinating results:
- 1% of egoists stated that they enjoy helping people, compared to 98% of altruists.
- 3% of egoists stated that they feel really bad when they see someone less fortunate than them, compared to 88% of altruists.
- 4% of egoists regularly do favors for others without being asked, compared to 86% of altruists.
- 9% of egoists would offer their seat on a bus to an elderly woman, compared to 96% of altruists.
- 10% of egoists find it easy to put themselves in others shoes, compared to 91% of altruists.
- 11% of egoists said that it upsets them to see someone in pain, compared to 98% of altruists.
- For 65% of egoists, the first person they turn to when they need a favor is someone whom they did a favor for in the past; only 13% of altruists would do this.
- 76% of egoists have helped someone in order to get on his/her good side, compared to 6% of altruists.
- 90% of egoists will help someone if doing so will benefit them in some way, compared to 3% of altruists.
- When asked what they would do if they found a wallet with $100 and credit cards, the top answer for egoists was to "Keep the cash and throw everything else out." The top answer for altruists was to "Mail it to the owner at my own expense."
Those who wish to take the Egoism/Altruism Test can go to: http://www.queendom.com/tests/access_page/index.htm?idRegTest=692
Queendom.com is a subsidiary of PsychTests AIM Inc. Queendom.com is a site that creates an interactive venue for self-exploration with a healthy dose of fun. The site offers a full range of professional-quality, scientifically-validated psychological assessments that empower people to grow and reach their real potential through insightful feedback and detailed, custom-tailored analysis.
About PsychTests AIM Inc:
PsychTests AIM Inc. originally appeared on the internet scene in 1996. Since its inception, it has become a pre-eminent provider of psychological assessment products and services to human resource personnel, therapists, academics, researchers and a host of other professionals around the world. PsychTests AIM Inc. staff is comprised of a dedicated team of psychologists, test developers, researchers, statisticians, writers, and artificial intelligence experts. The company's research division, Plumeus Inc., is supported in part by the Research and Development Tax Credit awarded by Industry Canada.
Ilona Jerabek, Ph.D., President
PsychTests AIM Inc.