The "bad" side of altruism

“The most boundaried people are the most compassionate ones!”

-Brene Brown

High Altruism is an excessive concern for others e.g. you are always helping people. Does this sound like you or someone you know? How can that be bad, right? Meet Sara: she works really hard and always loves to help other people. She’s a fun, energetic person to be around. But she often gets completely burned out because she spends so much of her time helping anyone and everyone whenever she can. Sara is the type of person we look at and think “Good human!” The problem Sara faces is her high ambition conflicts with her high altruism. She’s constantly battling with herself. How does she move into a new and different direction that requires her to manage her altruism? Check out GLEAC's visual graph of Sara's traits here: Isn’t being 'too altruistic' just a part of “who she is” so it cannot be changed? What will YOUR GLEAC graph look like?

So if you were Sara, how would you go about developing or changing your altruistic side?

When you have particularly strong traits in a certain area - for example, altruism - it can be very difficult to change such tendencies. This is your automatic default reaction to the world so going against it is like swimming against the tide. But there is a way for you to learn to manage, protect and develop such traits. The key to it is self-awareness. Having a conscious awareness of your character and feelings is equivalent to holding a map giving you a 360-degree view of exactly where you are standing right now at Point A. It makes getting from point A to B much clearer.

But how do you figure out where to go and how to manage yourself if you don’t know where you are?

This is where a well-researched behavioral test on GLEAC can be life-changing.

In the GLEAC test you are shown clearly your unique values, motivators, work strengths and conflict-driving behavior. We suggest you take the test on GLEAC if you have not yet. It is approved by the British Psychology Institute. Unlike lots of psychometrics that need a consultant to help interpret the results, the graphs and clarity of the GLEAC report make it easy for you to identify your strengths, gaps and get started with applying self-awareness to these areas! Now that Sara has a map and knows exactly where her gaps and strengths are, she can begin to protect and manage her energy and choices that might be affected by this trait. She can start applying self-awareness to her decisions straight away. Stay tuned for the next article on self-awareness: "So, you’ve taken a psychometric test. Now what?!" Until then, lovely humans! GLEAC ON!