William L. Dunlop1, Lawrence J. Walker1, and M. Kyle Matsuba2 1Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada 2Department of Psychology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, BC, Canada
In all of us, there exists a desire to promote our own interests (i.e., agency) and the interests of others (i.e., communion; Bakan, 1966). For most of us, these desires
are in tension, with the advancement of one limiting or restricting the other. The usual outcome of this friction is that the interests of others are overshadowed by the interests of the self. For some, however, this antagonism is absent; agency and communion are hierarchically integrated, with self-interest being furthered, rather than restricted, through the advancement of others.