De Vignemont and Singer have discovered that feeling empathy for another is a complex, multi-level process where the empathizer
is in an isomorphic state, elicited by the observation or imagination of another person's affective state, but where one is however aware that the other person is the source of one's own affective state (435).
, say the authors, "enjoys solving others' problems; seeks to understand behaviors and motives; listens sympathetically.
Instead, a president must serve as a kind of imaginary friend: a beer buddy for men, an earnest empathizer
for women, or a charming Twitter user for the millennials.
Bakhtin argues that ethical answerability involves not simply a moment of empathy, but also a moment of return--a moment in which the empathizer
once again takes up her or his own point of view, enriched by the empathetic experience.
It is, rather, the indifference--blithe, heedless, smug, or solipsistic--to the fact and consequences of those failures, just as long as the empathizer
is accruing compassion points that he and others will admire.
For example, the theory approach emphasizes the cognitive inferences involved in the process but fails to address the emotional state of the empathizer
Tell them to your spouse, friends, clergy -- not to a politician who is far away, who doesn't know you and whose job description does not include Empathizer
In fact, I want to demonstrate that engaging in empathy, particularly in circumstances in which there exists a power differential, often serves to create a false sense of connection in which the empathizer
is thereby freed to foist convenient attributions upon the empathized.
A person who has developed the virtue "empathy," for instance, will be better able to "read" others and to share (to a degree) their feelings; this typically enables the empathizer
to interact more decently and effectively across a range of social situations than would be the case in the absence of empathy.
I'm a very good listener and I'm a huge empathizer
, which can be a good thing and a bad thing," Jessica told Hollyscoop exclusively at Variety's Power Of Women Event.
Yet in the same way that a systemizer must maintain an objective distance, an empathizer
who establishes a strong attachment to another person will lose her emotional perception of other people's feelings.
2002), The role of action in empathy from the perspectives of the empathizer
and the target, in "Current Research in Social Psychology", 8, 50-62.