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Sustainability 2018, 10(9), 3128; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10093128

Stepping Outside the Self Promotes Pro-Environmental Behaviors

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Harbin Institute of Technology, School of Management, 92 West Dazhi Street, Nan Gang District, Harbin 150001, China
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Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University, 1001 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC H3A 1G5, Canada
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Received: 2 August 2018 / Revised: 22 August 2018 / Accepted: 27 August 2018 / Published: 2 September 2018
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Abstract

Although different self-perspectives can prompt different mindsets, leading to different responses, little is known about how self-perspective impacts pro-environmental behaviors. This study explores the effect of self-perspective, i.e., either self-immersed or self-distanced perspective, on environmental attitudes and behavior. Based on an online survey of 409 respondents in the United States, we find that pro-environmental behaviors are perceived as more important and less costly from a self-distanced perspective, compared to a self-immersed one, which in turn facilitates more engagement in pro-environmental behaviors. Furthermore, a self-distanced perspective is more prevalent than a self-immersed perspective when individuals are less satisfied with and perceive less control over their pro-environmental behaviors. This study extends the self-perspective theory to research on pro-environmental behaviors, and offers useful implications for individuals to address conflicts between environmental and self-interested considerations, as well as for public policy makers and practitioners to promote more engagement in pro-environmental behaviors. View Full-Text
Keywords: self-perspective; self-immersed perspective; self-distanced perspective; satisfaction; perceived behavioral control; pro-environmental behavior self-perspective; self-immersed perspective; self-distanced perspective; satisfaction; perceived behavioral control; pro-environmental behavior
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Hou, C.; Sarigöllü, E.; Jo, M.-S.; Liang, D. Stepping Outside the Self Promotes Pro-Environmental Behaviors. Sustainability 2018, 10, 3128.

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