ERIC Number: ED236748
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Towards Resolution of the Confusion among the Concepts "Empathy,""Role-Taking,""Perspective Taking," and "Decentering."
Redmond, Mark V.
The variety of terms used to describe the process of self-other differentiation in communication--empathy, role taking, decentering, and perspective taking are but a few--tend to undermine efforts to establish a consistent framework for research in this area. A review of these terms suggests that decentering is the broadest of the concepts, encompassing both affective and cognitive dimensions. Although overlapping at points, empathy and role taking/perspective taking appear to be, respectively, affective and cognitive subsets of decentering. In addition to indicating that self-other differentiation is a multidimensional process, the literature suggests that the intensity of this differentiation is variable and the relationship between communication and self-other differentiation is not linear, for communication can occur without decentering. (MM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Decentering (Psychological)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (69th, Washington, DC, November 10-13, 1983).