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Questions tagged [empathy]

For questions relating to affect and its relation to cognition and behavior, the neurological basis of empathy, atypical empathetic responses due to psychopathology, and the role of empathy in psychotherapy and organizational settings.

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Can you really have “excessive empathy”?

This question arose out of the question Excessive empathy, social cues and adaptive behavior evaluation whereby excessive empathy was considered to impair interpersonal relationships. My question is ...
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Excessive empathy, social cues and adaptive behavior evaluation

An article by Gunnar Bartsch of Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, JMU started me on this line of inquiry. The original source is no longer available but has been reproduced at ScienceDaily (...
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From a neuroscientific standpoint, what are the most effective ways to develop empathy, love and compassion for others?

From a neuroscientific standpoint, what are the most effective ways to develop empathy, love and compassion for others? For example, in the Buddhist lore there are some meditations targeted at ...
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Are emoji smiles also contagious?

It is fairly common knowledge that smiles are contagious is this also true when people are exposed to ascii/emoji smiles? ie. :) , ☺ , By contagious I mean making a person feel happier and more ...
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Machiavellism and Empathy

Does Machiavellism as an ability, not as a trait, require empathy? I am familiar with the statistics which state that there is actually a negative corellation between Machiavellism as a trait and ...
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How is compassion “derailed” into self-pity [closed]

Following up on my previous question on the possible benefit of self-pity, I would like to understand the process which is responsible to create self-pity. As @AliceD pointed out self-pity could very ...
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Ambiguity in self-evaluating Likert-scale questions

I am concerned that when Likert-scale type questions are used in self-evaluation questions, the results are ambiguous and would like to know if it's possible to address this ambiguity. Interpersonal ...
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Negative emotions in individuals spreading to others

I am aware of the effect of positive emotions on others, but I am wondering about negative emotions. I am not talking about insults leading to negative emotions. I am talking about emotions like ...
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Do people with brighter smiles feel brighter? [closed]

People's facial shape when smiling are different. Some are bright, some looks like there's a bit embarrassment, others may be with a twist, even if they are all smiling from true happiness. These ...
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Understanding the difference between empathy and need for social contact in this article on empathetic voles

So I saw this interesting article titled, “Consoling Voles Hint at Animal Empathy.” The basic idea stated is if voles have a relationship, and are then separated and one of the voles sees the other ...
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What factors influence a person or group of people's empathy toward another group?

The recent Paris terrorist attack highlights the discrepancy in the levels of empathy that Western people feel toward other Western people, compared to the empathy they feel toward Middle-Eastern ...
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Neurophysiological mappings of empathy

What biologically plausible models are there of empathy? I know there has been a significant amount of work in defining emotion on a neurophysiological basis using models (I'm currently reading "...
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Is there a disorder that causes one to give inanimate objects human emotions? [closed]

For example, if one is using multiple pens to write something and has not used one of them in awhile, one may think it is "feeling" "left out" and so will switch to use that one. A logical mind KNOWS ...
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Why is empathy not a part of the Big 5 personality traits?

I have looked at the big 5 personality traits, and they include 5 basic factors: openness, extraversion, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and agreeableness. Why is empathy not on the list?
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Why do con artists like Frank Abagnale Jr. not feel guilt?

I just finished watching a video of Frank Abagnale Jr discuss his life history. Who knows if its true, but it is an amazing story. For those who don't know, Frank Abagnale is one of the most infamous ...
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Does a condition exist that resembles autism, but featuring much instead of little empathy?

I recently read a book by an autistic author who relates his experiences in professional life in IT. (He was diagnosed only in mid adulthood.) Colleagues see him as highly intelligent but also ...
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Any research on a concept of 'empathetic preferences' used in economics?

Some economists/political scientists/philosophers (it's sometimes hard to classify them) have used in their theories a concept of "empathetic preferences", also known as "extended sympathy preferences"...
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What causes introverts to lose “energy” in social settings and require recovery afterwards?

Over the years I've seen numerous articles about introverts that mention that they dislike large social interactions (meetings, parties, etc) because they drain their energy. These articles mention ...
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What is the difference between a psychopath and sociopath?

The Internet is of course full of memes from Sherlock Holmes show, based on one of the episodes having Sherlock self-diagnose: I'm not a psychopath, I'm a highly functioning sociopath But what ...
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Do the brains of non-altruistic persons mirror the observed experience of suffering?

Altruistic behavior can have different motivations: from the hope that the help you give will ultimately benefit yourself (social exchange theory) to a selfless wish to alleviate someone's suffering. ...