Perspective Taking: Imagining How Another Feels Versus Imaging How You Would Feel

  title={Perspective Taking: Imagining How Another Feels Versus Imaging How You Would Feel},
  author={C. Daniel Batson and Shannon Early and Giovanni Salvarani},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={751 - 758}
Although often confused, imagining how another feels and imagining how you would feel are two distinct forms of perspective taking with different emotional consequences. The former evokes empathy; the latter, both empathy and distress. To test this claim, undergraduates listened to a (bogus) pilot radio interview with a young woman in serious need. One third were instructed to remain objective while listening; one third, to imagine how the young woman felt; and one third, to imagine how they… 

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