Empathy gaps for social pain: why people underestimate the pain of social suffering

    Journal of personality and social psychology, Volume 100, Issue 1, 2011, Pages 120-128.

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    empathy gapssocial painsocial exclusion

    Abstract:

    In 5 studies, the authors examined the hypothesis that people have systematically distorted beliefs about the pain of social suffering. By integrating research on empathy gaps for physical pain (Loewenstein, 1996) with social pain theory (MacDonald & Leary, 2005), the authors generated the hypothesis that people generally underestimate th...More

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