Psychology of Empathy


Danielle J. Scapaletti (Editor)

Series: Psychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions

In this book, the authors discuss the psychology of empathy, which is described as a capacity acquired over the course of psychogenesis to imagine what others are feeling or thinking while distinguishing it from one’s own feelings and thoughts. Topics discussed in this compilation include the amelioration of aggression through the development of empathy and compassion; extending empathy research towards animals; the psychophysiological measurement of empathy; empathy as a core component when working with children in play therapy; measuring empathy in teacher training for preventing violent behavior and school failure and clinical empathy in a medical context.

Table of Contents


Empathetic Merging of Selves: Perspective Taking and Self-Other Overlap
(Sean M. Laurent, Michael W. Myers, University of Wyoming, Department of Psychology, Laramie, Wyoming, USA, and others)

The Role of Science Education in the Amelioration of Aggression through the Development of Empathy and Compassion
(Carolina Castaño Rodriguez, School of Education, Deakin University, Australia)

Extending Empathy Research towards Animals
(H. Rae Westbury, David L. Neumann, Allison M. Waters, School of Psychology, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia)pp.93-118

The Psychophysiological Measurement of Empathy
(David L. Neumann, H. Rae Westbury, School of Psychology, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia)

Empathy in the Patient-Physician Relationship: Its Meaning, Impact on Patient Psychology, Satisfaction, Compliance and the Quality of Care and How it Can be Promoted^
(Ami Schattner, Emanuel Schattner, The Faculty of Medicine, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, and others)

Empathy in Play Therapy: A Case Analysis through Two Theoretical Perspectives
(Yvonne Garza, Rick A. Bruhn, Sam Houston State University, Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling, Huntsville, Texas, USA)

Empathetic Perspective Taking in Family Relationships: A Social Relations Analysis
(F.Giorgia Paleari, Semira Tagliabue, Margherita Lanz, University of Bergamo, Italy)

The Measure of Empathy, Emotional Contagion, and Emotional Cut-Off
as an Indirect Indicator of the Efficiency of Teacher Training for Preventing Violent Behavior and School Failure
(Daniel Favre, Jacques Joly, Christian Reynaud, Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire de Recherche en Didactique, Education et Formation, Université de Montpellier, Montpellier, France, and others)pp.203-220

Gender Differences in Empathy
(Linda Rueckert, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Illinois, USA)

The Contributions of Moebius Syndrome to Empathy
(Simon van Rysewyk, University of Tasmania, School of Psychology, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia)

Empathy Directly Perceived
(Neha Khetrapal, M.D. Tiwari, Anurika Vaish, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad, India)

Psychology of Empathy in a Medical Context
(Neil Pembroke, School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Teaching Empathy to Physicians
(Aaron D. Anderson, Alan W. Dow, Departments of Internal Medicine and Theatre, Virginia Commonwealth University)


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