Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 21 April 2019

Abstract and Keywords

The prosocial personality is an elusive prey, due in part to definitional issues. On one hand, some people seem to be disposed to more prosocial thoughts, feelings, and behavior than others. On the other hand, when distinctions are drawn (a) between prosocial and altruistic acts, (b) among cognitive, affective and behavioral components, and (c) between dispositional consistency and patterned coherence, elusiveness is easier to explain. If the prosocial personality is defined solely as a single, individual difference in behavioral acts, motivated preponderantly by the intent to benefit other people, then the prosocial personality may be a mirage. Following a selective analysis of the literature on prosocial personality, the authors offer an integrative opponent process model of prosocial motivation with implications for the prosocial personality.

Keywords: prosocial personality, helping, empathy, opponent processes

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.