Empathy, Awareness of Others, and Action: How Feeling Empathy for One-Among-Others Motivates Helping the Others

Luis V. Oceja, Marc W. Heerdink, Eric L. Stocks, Tamara Ambrona, Belen Lopez-Perez, Sergio Salgado

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Abstract

Feeling empathy for a member of the group may result in either favoring this individual at the expense of the group or helping the entire group. We explain these intriguing findings by proposing that the combined influence of feeling empathy for one individual and awareness of others enhances willingness to help both the individual and the others (taken as individuals). The results of three experiments showed that inducing empathy for one individual promotes favoring him or her at the expense of the group, whereas inducing empathy for one-among-others leads to helping these others individually, instead of as a group. Furthermore, the awareness of others mediated the proposed one-among-others effect.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-124
Number of pages14
JournalBasic and Applied Social Psychology
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2014

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