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Empathic Perspective Taking and the Situational Malleability of the Communal Self-concept.


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Author(s): Uchronski M, Abele A, Bruckmüller S
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Psychology Press)
Publication year: 2013
Volume: 12
Journal issue: 3
Pages range: 238-258
ISSN: 1529-8868
Language: English

Abstract

Previous research has suggested that communal self-descriptions might be less malleable than agentic ones. We propose that the communal self-concept is malleable as well, and that empathic perspective taking activates the communal self-concept. In two studies, participants watched a video and were either instructed to empathically take the perspective of the target person or to remain objective and detached. In Study 1, we used a repeated-measures design and found that participants’ communal self-descriptions changed after empathic perspective taking, but not in the objective condition. In Study 2, we assessed the accessibility of the communal self-concept by measuring response latencies. Participants in the empathic perspective-taking condition responded faster for communal traits and judged more communal traits as self-descriptive than participants in the objective condition. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved)



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APA: Uchronski, M., Abele, A., & Bruckmüller, S. (2013). Empathic Perspective Taking and the Situational Malleability of the Communal Self-concept. Self and identity, 12(3), 238-258. https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15298868.2012.655896

MLA: Uchronski, Mirjam, A.E. Abele, and Susanne Bruckmüller. "Empathic Perspective Taking and the Situational Malleability of the Communal Self-concept." Self and identity 12.3 (2013): 238-258.

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