The case for mindfulness-based approaches in the cultivation of empathy: does nonjudgmental, present-moment awareness increase capacity for perspective-taking and empathic concern?

@article{BlockLerner2007TheCF,
  title={The case for mindfulness-based approaches in the cultivation of empathy: does nonjudgmental, present-moment awareness increase capacity for perspective-taking and empathic concern?},
  author={Jennifer Block-Lerner and Carrie Adair and Jennifer C. Plumb and Deborah Lynn Rhatigan and Susan M. Orsillo},
  journal={Journal of marital and family therapy},
  year={2007},
  volume={33 4},
  pages={
          501-16
        }
}
Empathic responding, most notably perspective-taking and empathic concern, has important implications for interpersonal functioning. While empathy training approaches have received some support for a variety of populations, few extant interventions have targeted empathic responding in couples. Mindfulness- and acceptance-based behavioral approaches, for couples as a unit and/or for individual family members/partners, are proposed as an adjunct to empathy training interventions. Preliminary… 

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