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ERIC Number: ED098483
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Pages: 13
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Accurate and Accidental Empathy.
Chandler, Michael
The author offers two controversial criticisms of what are rapidly becoming standard assessment procedures for the measurement of empathic skill. First, he asserts that assessment procedures which attend exclusively to the accuracy with which subjects are able to characterize other people's feelings provide little or no useful information about the process of empathic understanding. Second, he takes issue with those investigators who insist that empathy be defined as an interaction between discrete cognitive and affective responses, and argues that assessment procedures which require that subjects share, as well as understand, the feelings of others hopelessly confuse the processes of empathy and projection, and logically exclude the possibility of achieving an unambiguous index of empathic skill. In order to defend these claims, the author first characterizes the principal ingredients of the most current measures of empathic ability, describes what he feels are the major limitations of these procedures, and explicates specific corrective measures. (Author/PC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (82nd, New Orleans, Louisiana, August 1974)