Comment: Is self-other overlap the key to understanding empathy?

Nancy Eisenberg, Michael J. Sulik

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Abstract

Preston and Hofelich (2012) suggested that researchers disagree on the role of self-other overlap in empathy due to a failure to differentiate among neural overlap, subjective resonance, and personal distress; they also developed a framework for tying neural and subjective overlap to various aspects of functioning they include in the construct of empathy. Although we found their discussion of different processes that have been labeled empathy interesting and helpful, we found their discussion of self-other overlap to be somewhat less useful for conceptualizing differences among empathy-related processes. In addition, we provide an alternative perspective to their reasoning regarding the role of experience and neural overlap in an aspect of empathy-related responding (e.g., concern or compassion).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-35
Number of pages2
JournalEmotion Review
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2012

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Keywords

  • empathy
  • personal distress
  • self-other overlap
  • sympathy

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  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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Comment : Is self-other overlap the key to understanding empathy? / Eisenberg, Nancy; Sulik, Michael J.

In: Emotion Review, Vol. 4, No. 1, 01.2012, p. 34-35.

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