So our unselfish acts may not have selfish motives after all! So many people think that the only reason someone is being nice to them, is so they can feel good. The selfishness of unselfishness so to speak. But apparently neuroscience has shown that when a person acts in an altruistic way, it’s not the pleasure centres of the brain that light up, but it’s actually the posterior superior temporal cortex (pSTC) that is affected. This is the region of the brain that is responsible for self awareness as well as the ability to sense the emotional states of other people. So being altruistic really has its basis in empathy. Kindness comes from our ability to recognise the good intentions and aliveness in another person. That can only do good in my eyes!