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I've also experienced loss and fear: Effects of prior similar experience on empathy
Stockholm University.
2009 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0036-5564, E-ISSN 1467-9450, Vol. 50, no 1, 65-69 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Eklund, J., Andersson-Straberg, T. & Hansen, E. M. (2008). ""I've also experienced loss and fear"": Effects of prior similar experience on empathy. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 50, 65-69. Although it is frequently argued that empathy is increased by similar experiences, this idea has rarely been tested. This study investigated the relationship between empathy and prior similar experience. Participants read four different stories and rated the degree of empathy they felt. They also reported the extent to which they had prior similar experience of the events in the stories. We found that these self-reports of prior similar experience increased empathy for the persons in the stories. Similar experience may be an important situational antecedent for feeling empathy for another person. Pointing out similarities among experiences may be a fruitful means of training empathy.

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2009. Vol. 50, no 1, 65-69 p.
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Empathy, prior experience, similarity, stories, abstraction levels
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-60379DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9450.2008.00673.xISI: 000262487700010OAI: diva2:435355
authorCount :3Available from: 2011-08-18 Created: 2011-08-16 Last updated: 2011-08-18Bibliographically approved

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