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Social Empathy

Elizabeth A. Segal

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

Published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press


Published online August 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780199975839 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.1152

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This entry defines and explains the concept and trait of social empathy and the relationship to interpersonal empathy. Both concepts are explained using the latest cognitive neuroscience research on brain activity. Through brain imaging, the components that together make up the full array of empathy have been identified and are discussed in relation to social work practice. The application of social empathy in the policy-making arena is described and the implications for social work practice to enhance empathy are discussed.

Keywords: empathy; social empathy; affective response; affective mentalizing; perspective-taking; emotion regulation; contextual understanding; mirroring; cognitive neuroscience; neuroplasticity

Article.  8111 words. 

Subjects: Practical Ethics ; Human Behaviour and the Social Environment ; Social Justice and Human Rights

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