Social mindfulness: Prosocial the active way

Niels J. Van Doesum, Reinout E. de Vries, Arjan A.J. Blokland, Jessica M. Hill, David M. Kuhlman, Adam W. Stivers, Joshua M. Tybur, Paul A.M. Van Lange

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Abstract

Prosociality is a central topic in positive psychology. An important but under-studied distinction can be made between active and reactive expressions. We suggest that the novel construct of social mindfulness represents active rather than reactive prosociality. Across four studies (N = 2,594), including a multi-wave representative sample spanning six years, social mindfulness is found to correlate with personality traits associated with prosocial and/or antisocial behavior. We find positive associations with empathy, social value orientation, and general prosocial behavior, and negative associations with moral disengagement and narcissism. Importantly, social mindfulness emerges as an active rather than a reactive characteristic that is more strongly related to HEXACO honesty-humility (active cooperation) than to HEXACO agreeableness (reactive cooperation). The association between social mindfulness and honesty-humility was found across measures six years apart. Given the well-established link between prosociality and well-being, emphasizing social mindfulness may be a good start to promote the latter.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Positive Psychology
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Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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Mindfulness
Social Values
Narcissism
Personality
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Keywords

  • active cooperation
  • HEXACO
  • prosocial
  • Social mindfulness

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Van Doesum, Niels J. ; de Vries, Reinout E. ; Blokland, Arjan A.J. ; Hill, Jessica M. ; Kuhlman, David M. ; Stivers, Adam W. ; Tybur, Joshua M. ; Van Lange, Paul A.M. / Social mindfulness : Prosocial the active way. In: Journal of Positive Psychology. 2019.
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