Empathy: a motivated account.

  title={Empathy: a motivated account.},
  author={Jamil Zaki},
  journal={Psychological bulletin},
  volume={140 6},
  • J. Zaki
  • Published 1 November 2014
  • Psychology
  • Psychological bulletin
Empathy features a tension between automaticity and context dependency. On the one hand, people often take on each other's internal states reflexively and outside of awareness. On the other hand, empathy shifts with characteristics of empathizers and situations. These 2 characteristics of empathy can be reconciled by acknowledging the key role of motivation in driving people to avoid or approach engagement with others' emotions. In particular, at least 3 phenomena-suffering, material costs, and… 

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