The Scarecrow and the Tin Man: The Vicissitudes of Human Sympathy and Caring

  title={The Scarecrow and the Tin Man: The Vicissitudes of Human Sympathy and Caring},
  author={George Loewenstein and Deborah A. Small},
  journal={Review of General Psychology},
  pages={112 - 126}
Why do some victims elicit outpourings of sympathy from those who are unaffected, while others do not? The authors propose a theoretical framework for making sense of the vicissitudes of sympathy based on the interaction between two qualitatively different mental processes. One, which the authors term “sympathy,” is caring but immature and irrational. The other process, which the authors term “deliberation,” is rational but uncaring. After proposing a framework for how these two factors… 

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