Escaping affect: how motivated emotion regulation creates insensitivity to mass suffering.

  title={Escaping affect: how motivated emotion regulation creates insensitivity to mass suffering.},
  author={C. Daryl Cameron and Brian K. Payne},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={100 1},
As the number of people in need of help increases, the degree of compassion people feel for them ironically tends to decrease. This phenomenon is termed the collapse of compassion. Some researchers have suggested that this effect happens because emotions are not triggered by aggregates. We provide evidence for an alternative account. People expect the needs of large groups to be potentially overwhelming, and, as a result, they engage in emotion regulation to prevent themselves from experiencing… 

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