Sympathy and Social Order

@article{Irwin2008SympathyAS,
  title={Sympathy and Social Order},
  author={Kyle Irwin and Tucker McGrimmon and Brent Simpson},
  journal={Social Psychology Quarterly},
  year={2008},
  volume={71},
  pages={379 - 397}
}
Social order is possible only if individuals forgo the narrow pursuit of self-interest for the greater good. For over a century, social scientists have argued that sympathy mitigates self-interest and recent empirical work supports this claim. Much less is known about why actors experience sympathy in the first place, particularly in fleeting interactions with strangers, where cooperation is especially uncertain. We argue that perceived interdependence increases sympathy towards strangers… 

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