Empathy and nonattachment independently predict peer nominations of prosocial behavior of adolescents

@inproceedings{Sahdra2015EmpathyAN,
  title={Empathy and nonattachment independently predict peer nominations of prosocial behavior of adolescents},
  author={Baljinder K Sahdra and Joseph Ciarrochi and Philip D Parker and Sarah Marshall and Patrick C. L. Heaven},
  booktitle={Front. Psychol.},
  year={2015}
}
There is a plethora of research showing that empathy promotes prosocial behavior among young people. We examined a relatively new construct in the mindfulness literature, nonattachment, defined as a flexible way of relating to one's experiences without clinging to or suppressing them. We tested whether nonattachment could predict prosociality above and beyond empathy. Nonattachment implies high cognitive flexibility and sufficient mental resources to step out of excessive self-cherishing to be… CONTINUE READING

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