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Empathy and viewing the other as a subject
Mälardalen University, Department of Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7839-7245
2006 (Swedish)In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0036-5564, E-ISSN 1467-9450, Vol. 47, no 5, p. 399-409Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Empathy and viewing another person as a subject rather than an object are often associated in theoretical contexts, but empirical research of the relation is scarce. The purpose of the present research was to investigate the relationship between subject/object view and empathy. In Study 1, participants watched film clips and indicated their empathy for specific characters in the clips, as well as the extent to which they saw these persons as subjects and objects. The subject/object view explained some, but not all, of the differences in empathy, which raised the question of what else accounts for differences in empathy. A second study was conducted to investigate whether the difficulty of the other's situation also contributes. In Study 2, another group watched the film clips and rated the difficulty of the film character's situations in addition to empathy and subject/object view. The results of Study 2 revealed that subject view/object and perceived difficulty together explain a substantial part of differences in empathy. It was concluded that empathy is evoked primarily when a person in difficulty is viewed as a subject.

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2006. Vol. 47, no 5, p. 399-409
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Empathy, subject view, object view, perceived difficulty, perceived similarity
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-3747OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-3747DiVA, id: diva2:116411
Available from: 2007-10-01 Created: 2007-10-01 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved

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