Thursday, November 15, 2012

Transcending the Duality of Agency & Communion

     "Agency is about getting ahead, dispositions that individuate and advance the self; communion is about getting along, dispositions that contribute to a social collective. ... “The villain is unmitigated agency. The moral imperative is to try to mitigate agency with communion."

     "agency and communion are, for most people, modular — psychologically, one is active at any given time; their integration is the exception. What the virtuous have done that other leaders have not is reconciled the duality of human existence."
        Frimer JA et al. Hierarchical Integration of Agency and Communion: A Study of Influential Moral Figures. J Pers 2012; DOI 10.1111/j.1467-6494.2011.00764.x

     “Agentic heroes separate to fight the dragon; only heroes on the higher, mythological level, integrating agency and communion . . . raise their swords to battle the real dragon within.” 
        Nasby W, Reed NW. The inner and outer voyages of a solo circumnavigator: An integrative case study. Journal of Personality 1997; 65: 757–1111.

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