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The dark side of empathy

Talk by Stefan Pfattheicher, Dept. of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences

2018.09.13 | Anne-Mette Pedersen

Date Tue 26 Feb
Time 11:00 13:00
Location IMC Meeting Room, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4, Building 1483-312



Past research has convincingly demonstrated the beneficial consequences of empathy for the welfare of others. Specifically, the different facets of empathy (cognitive as well as affective empathy) have been linked to caring and altruism, but also to reductions in stereotyping and prejudice. A continuously growing body of findings also indicates that empathy, under certain conditions, bears negative interpersonal outcomes. This will be the main theme of the talk. Ideas will be presented with a focus on potential negative consequences of (a) empathic concern and (b) perspective taking on inter-group conflict and inter-personal aggression.


Associate Professor Stefan Pfattheicher, Dept. of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, AU