Is there a word that means "hurting oneself by helping other

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Is there a word that means "hurting oneself by helping other

Post by Ajain » Sun May 15, 2005 1:27 am

...is there a word or term that means "hurting oneself by helping others"...or basically "because ... helps others so much, they don't take care of themself"?

Thanks!

-Ajain
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Post by mongrowl » Sun May 15, 2005 1:53 am

I don't think this is what you want, but it sounds akin to a phrase now current that "No good deed goes unpunished".
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Post by Ken Greenwald » Sun May 15, 2005 2:02 am

Dear A., That quaint old term SELF-SACRIFICE might come close.

Ken G – May 14, 2005
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Post by William Barclay » Sun May 15, 2005 2:44 am

Martyrdom?
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Post by RWalter » Sun May 15, 2005 3:23 am

Altruism.

NOUN:
Unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness.

Zoology: Instinctive cooperative behavior that is detrimental to the individual but contributes to the survival of the species.
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Post by William Barclay » Sun May 15, 2005 4:29 am

Motherhood?
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Post by William Barclay » Sun May 15, 2005 6:50 am

US Foreign Policy?
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Post by spiritus » Tue May 17, 2005 7:09 am

Sucker?
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Post by spiritus » Tue May 17, 2005 7:10 am

Masochist?
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Post by spiritus » Tue May 17, 2005 7:11 am

Christ-like
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Post by richcatt » Wed Jun 08, 2005 12:57 pm

See Frank Muir's anecdote about his trying to introduce a new word (privy) for WC resulting only in several people being reported as asking "Where's the Frank Muir?"
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