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Exploring the links between personality and empathic response style

Authors
Journal
Personality and Individual Differences
0191-8869
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
17
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0191-8869(94)90278-x

Abstract

Abstract Linkages between psychoticism, extraversion and neuroticism and three empathic response styles—empathetic responsiveness, perspective taking and sympathetic responsiveness—were examined. Data from an extensive survey reveal that those scoring high on P are neither sympathetic nor empathetic thus suggesting a certain callous nature within such individuals. Those scoring high on E, however, have a tendency to be sympathetic but not empathetic with regard to another in an aversive situation. Conversely, high N scorers are very empathetic but do not have a tendency to feel concern or pity for others in need, which is possibly due to painful feelings of distress that such concern may cause. Taken together, these findings provide a strong foundation for further research into the links between personality and empathic response styles.

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