In this episode, Joey is the egoist and Phoebe is the altruist. The egoist is someone who does something for someone with the expectation of gaining something in return, and an altruist is someone who does things for others merely out of the kindness of their own hearts (Rosenstand, 2013). Many people would agree to believe that Phoebes attempt to prove the theory of psychological egoism wrong was a failure from the start due to her statement “I will not let my babies be raised in a world where Joey is right”, this statement leads me to believe that Phoebe will do whatever it takes to gain satisfaction over Joey. This is the very essence of an egoist. Rosenstand informs us “psychological egoism is a theory that states that whatever it may look like and whatever we may think it is, no human action...
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...s pain) and she benefits from the pleasure of pain aside from her initial goal of proving Joey wrong. Regardless of the situation there is always something that can be found to counteract the possibility that this theory is flawed.
In the final analysis of this paper I have to say that the theory of egoism and altruism are merely individual preferences. One person may feel he or she is an egoist where another person actively displays acts of altruism. Whatever the case may be, I find it fair to say that we as humans exercise both of these beliefs at least once in our lifetime. To say that one theory is right and the other theory is wrong would implicate that we as humans are not capable of adjusting our motives for each individual act we engage in. I like to believe that when I perform an act of kindness, that it is genuine and not assumed to be secretly selfish.
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