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Advances in Psychological Science    2015, Vol. 23 Issue (7) : 1226-1235     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2015.01226
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Individuals’ Well-Being in Prosocial Interaction: The Role of Autonomy
YANG Ying; KOU Yu
YANG Ying; KOU Yu
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Abstract  

Prosocial behavior is the positive behavior in interpersonal interaction that can benefit other people, groups and society. Prosocial behavior is considered as a critical way to help individuals gain happiness. However, not all kinds of prosocial behaviors can prompt people’s well-being. Only those prosocial behaviors that could satisfy individuals’ need of autonomy might increase the participants’ well-being in this prosocial interaction, and could promote interpersonal relationships. Specifically, the behavior agent can gain well-being through autonomous-motivated prosocial behavior; the recipient’s well-being not only is influenced by agent’s motivation, but also depends on the satisfaction of his own need of autonomy; and the bystander will participate in transmitting prosocial behavior forward after observing the behavioral and emotional outcomes in the interpersonal interaction as a potential agent or recipient.

Keywords prosocial behavior      well-being      autonomous motivation      autonomy      bystander     
Corresponding Authors: KOU Yu, E-mail: kouyu@bnu.edu.cn   
Issue Date: 15 July 2015
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YANG Ying,KOU Yu. Individuals’ Well-Being in Prosocial Interaction: The Role of Autonomy[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2015, 23(7): 1226-1235.
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