Empathy: A Social Psychological Approach

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Westview Press, 1996 - Psychology - 260 pages
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Offers a thorough, evenhanded review of contemporary empathy research. Davis' approach is explicitly multidimensional, and he presents a novel organizational model to help classify and interpret previous findings. Valuable to advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on altruism, helping, and moral development.
 

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Contents

Evolutionary Origins of Empathfc Capacities
23
Assessment erf Individual Differences in Empathy
46
Origins of Individual Differences in Empathy
62
NonAffective Outcomes
82
Affective Outcomes
104
Altruism and Helping Behavior
126
Aggression and Antisocial Behavior
153
Social Relationships and Social Behavior
176
Where We Have Been and Where We ShouU Go
201
References
222
Index
247
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Page 238 - How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it except the pleasure of seeing it.
Page 9 - Pity and compassion are words appropriated to signify our fellow-feeling with the sorrow of others. Sympathy, though its meaning was, perhaps, originally the same, may now, however, with much impropriety, be made use of to denote our fellow-feeling with any passion whatever.
Page 3 - By the imagination we place ourselves in his situation, we conceive ourselves enduring all the same torments, we enter as it were into his body, and become in some measure the same person with him, and thence form some idea of his sensations, and even feel something which, though weaker in degree, is not altogether unlike them.
Page 230 - Baron, RA Facial expressions of emotion while watching televised violence as predictors of subsequent aggression.
Page 234 - Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Hoffman, ML (1984). Interaction of affect and cognition in empathy. In CE Izard, J. Kagan, & R, B.
Page 229 - Eisenberg, N. (1986). Altruistic emotion, cognition, and behavior. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Eisenberg, N., Carlo, G., Murphy, B., & Van Court, R (1995). Prosocial development in late adolescence: A longitudinal study.

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Mark H. Davis is associate professor of psychology at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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