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Protecting the Environment for Self-interested Reasons: Altruism Is Not the Only Pathway to Sustainability

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      Concerns for environmental issues are important drivers of sustainable and pro-environmental behaviors, and can be differentiated between those with a self-enhancing (egoistic) vs. self-transcendent (biospheric) psychological foundation. Yet to date, the dominant approach for promoting pro-environmental behavior has focused on highlighting the benefits to others or nature, rather than appealing to self-interest. Building on the Inclusion Model for Environmental Concern, we argue that egoistic and biospheric environmental concerns, respectively, conceptualized as self-interest and altruism, are hierarchically structured, such that altruism is inclusive of self-interest. Three studies show that self-interested individuals will behave more pro-environmentally when the behavior results in a personal benefit (but not when there is exclusively an environmental benefit), while altruistic individuals will engage in pro-environmental behaviors when there are environmental benefits, and critically, also when there are personal benefits. The reported findings have implications for programs and policies designed to promote pro-environmental behavior, and for social science research aimed at understanding human responses to a changing environment.

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            1Department of Business and Management, LUISS Guido Carli University Rome, Italy
            2Department of Social and Developmental Psychology, Sapienza Università di Roma Rome, Italy
            3CIRPA – Interuniversity Research Centre for Environmental Psychology, Sapienza Università di Roma Rome, Italy
            4Department of Psychology, California State University San Marcos, San Marcos CA, United States
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            Edited by: Patrik Sörqvist, Gävle University College, Sweden

            Reviewed by: John Thøgersen, Aarhus University, Denmark; AndréHansla, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

            *Correspondence: Stefano De Dominicis, stefano.dedominicis@

            This article was submitted to Environmental Psychology, a section of the journal Frontiers in Psychology

            Front Psychol
            Front Psychol
            Front. Psychol.
            Frontiers in Psychology
            Frontiers Media S.A.
            28 June 2017
            : 8
            5487490 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01065
            Copyright © 2017 De Dominicis, Schultz and Bonaiuto.

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