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Author Davis, Mark H.

Title Empathy : a Social Psychological Approach
Published New York, NY : Taylor and Francis, 1996
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Description 1 online resource (271 pages)
Contents Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Preface; 1 History and Definitions; Historical Views of Sympathy and Empathy; Sympathy; Empathy; Contemporary Views of Empathy; Problems with Contemporary Views; Empathy: An Organizational Model; Antecedents; Processes; Intrapersonal Outcomes; Interpersonal Outcomes; Advantages of the Organizational Model; A Multidimensional Approach to Empathy; 2 Evolutionary Origins of Empathic Capacities; Empathy as an Innate Human Capacity; Empathy as a Mechanism for Altruism; Empathy as a Variety of Social Intelligence; Evaluation of the Evolutionary Argument
4 Origins of Individual Differences in EmpathyInherited Predispositions; Evidence from Twin Studies; The Role of Temperament; The Heritability of Role-Taking Tendencies; Environmental Influences; Affective Quality of Family Relations; Parenting and Discipline Techniques; Parents' Dispositional Empathy; Summary; 5 Non-Affective Outcomes; Accuracy in the Perception of Others; Empathy Defined as Accuracy; Empathy as an Influence on Accuracy; Summary; Attributions Regarding Other People; Instructional Sets and Causal Attributions; Observer-Target Relationship and Attributions; Summary
Evaluative Judgments of OthersLiking for Individual Others; Tolerance for Outgroups; Summary; 6 Affective Outcomes; Parallel and Reactive Responding; Causal Antecedents of Affective Responding; Three Approaches: Hoffman, Batson, and Eisenberg; Theoretical Propositions; Parallel Outcomes; Motor Mimicry; Role Taking; Individual Differences; Similarity between Observer and Target; Reactive Outcomes; Empathic Concern; Personal Distress; Evaluating the Theoretical Propositions; Summary; 7 Altruism and Helping Behavior; Definitions: Helping and Altruism; Affective Outcomes and Helping
Hoffman's Theory of Empathy: A SynthesisModes of Empathic Arousal; Cognitive Capabilities: The Cognitive Sense of Others; The Affective-Cognitive Synthesis; Summary and Conclusion; 3 Assessment of Individual Differences in Empathy; Measures of Role Taking: Children; Perceptual Role Taking; Cognitive Role Taking; Affective Role Taking; Measures of Affective Outcomes: Children; Measures of Role Taking and Non-Affective Outcomes: Adults; Measures of Affective Empathy: Adults; Multidimensional Measures of Empathy: Adults; Sex Differences in Empathy-Related Constructs
Reduction of Aversive ArousalNegative State Relief; True"" Altruistic Motivation; Non-Affective Outcomes and Helping; Perspective Taking and Helping; Observer/Target Similarity and Helping; Individual Differences; Individual Differences and Helping Behavior; Individual Differences and ""True"" Altruism; Summary and Conclusion; 8 Aggression and Antisocial Behavior; Theoretical Links between Aggression and Empathy; Cognitive Links; Affective Links; Non-Affective Outcomes and Aggression; Affective Outcomes and Aggression; Perspective Taking and Aggression
Notes Situational Factors: Observer-Target Similarity
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Subject Social, group or collective psychology
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0429973527