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Empathic Accuracy [Hardcover]

William Ickes. William Ickes.

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25 Mar 1997
Empathic inference, or "everyday-mind reading", is a form of complex psychological inference in which observation, memory, knowledge, and reasoning are combined to yield insights into the subjective experience of others. This comprehensive volume addresses the question of how accurate our "readings" of thoughts and feelings of others actually are, introducing two innovative methods for objectivity measuring this key dimension of social intelligence. Presenting cutting-edge research in this emerging area, the volume offers essential insights into how and why people sometimes succeed, and sometimes fail, in their attempts to understand each other. Leading experts cover such topics as the evolutionary and social-developmental origins of empathic accuracy; physiological aspects of empathic accuracy; gender and other individual difference variables; empathic accuracy and processes of mental control; the dynamic role of empathic accuracy in personal and psychotherapeutic relationships; and the relation of empathic accuracy to applied domains in psychology. This book will be of interest to students, researchers, and professionals in a range of disciplines, including personality and social psychology, clinical and counseling psychology, communication, developmental psychology, and marriage and family studies.

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"The book is a compendium of state-of-the-art research on one of the most important and interesting topics at the interface of social and personality psychology--when and how do we know what another person is thinking and feeling? The 11 chapters cover a wide range of research and theory, and the level of their quality is amazingly even: Each one is excellent. William Ickes, one of the major contributors to this research area, has done an impressive job recruiting a real 'Who's Who' of researchers to contribute to his book. The book provides a necessary and perhaps even sufficient education for any reader interested in what psychologists have learned about empathic accuracy. It presents new data, meta-analyses, and several theoretical perspectives both old and new. This book is a 'must-have' for anybody doing research on empathy or accuracy in personality judgment, and would also make a terrific resource for constructing up-to-date course lectures in social and personality psychology. The fields of social and personality psychology seem to be becoming more interrelated and more interesting all the time; the book demonstrates one important reason why." --David F. Funder, Department of Psychology, University of California, Riverside "This groundbreaking book refines our grasp of a fundamental concept--the empathic understanding of another person's thoughts and feelings. Extending beyond the more traditional definitions of empathy that focus on emotional matching in one's own and another's feelings, the concept of empathic accuracy provides the building blocks for interpersonal skills and healthy relationships. Attesting to this, the present volume includes contributions from some of the most renowned researchers in the area of interpersonal relationships, and also from an illustrious set of researchers examining individual differences in empathy and its development. The relevance to clinical issues is also an important theme in the book and is handled in a cog

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Empathic Accuracy is a collection of chapters on different aspects of what might be termed "everyday mind reading."

--Chapter 1, by Ross Buck and Benson Ginsburg, concerns the evolutionary origins of empathic accuracy.

--Chapter 2, by Robert Levenson and Ann Ruef, examines the role of "physiological synchrony" in emotional knowledge and rapport.

--Chapter 3, by Nancy Eisenberg, Bridget Murphy, and Stephanie Shepard, concerns the development of empathic accuracy thoughout childhood and early adolescence.

--Chapter 4, by Tiffany Graham and William Ickes, examines the issue of whether there are reliable gender differences in empathic skills and dispositions.

--Chapter 5, by Mark Davis and Linda Kraus, concerns the personality correlates of accuracy in interpersonal perception.

--Chapter 6, by C. Randall Colvin, Dawne Vogt, and William Ickes, addresses the question of why friends understand each other better than strangers do.

--Chapter 7, by Geoff Thomas and Garth Fletcher, examines the sources of empathic accuracy in close relationships.

--Chapter 8, by William Ickes and Jeffry Simpson, addresses the topic of how the partners in close relationships "manage" their levels of empathic accuracy.

--Chapter 9, by Victor Bissonnette, Caryl Rusbult, and Shelley Kilpatrick, examines the role of empathic accuracy in marital conflict resolution.

--Chapter 10, by William Ickes, Carol Marangoni, and Stella Garcia, examines empathic accuracy in a clinically-relevant context.

--Chapter 11, by Sara Hodges and Daniel Wegner, concerns automatic versus controlled empathy.


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