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(Segal+ 2012)


"The Value of Interpersonal Empathy
Empathy is the ability to understand what other people are feeling and thinking and 
  • it is an essential skill in facilitating social agreement and successfully navigating personal relationships (de Waal, 2009). 
  • It is critical to our survival because it requires the accurate perception, interpretation, and response to the emotional signals of others (Preston & de Waal, 2002). 
  • Therefore, empathy is a key building block for prosocial behavior, or the actions people take that benefit others and society (Eisenberg & Mussen, 1989).
  • There is substantial research evidence that empathy is important in the development of healthy relationships (Toussaint & Webb, 2005); 
  • it supplies the affective and motivational foundation for moral development (Eisenberg & Eggums, 2009; Smetana & Killen, 2008); and 
  • promotes helping and prosocial behaviors particularly during adolescence (Batson, Chang, Orr, & Rowland, 2002; Batson, Håkansson Eklund, Chermok, Hoyt, & Ortiz, 2007; McMahon, Wernsman, & Parnes, 2006).
  • For youth, higher levels of empathy are associated with increased conflict resolution (de Weid, Branje, & Meeus, 2007) and 
  • willingness to come to the defense of a bullied peer (Gini, Albiero, Benelli, & Altoe, 2007). 
  • Parental empathy has been cited as crucial for raising healthy children (Curtner- Smith et al., 2006) and
  •  partner empathy is cited as a key attribute in satisfying relationships (Busby & Gardner, 2008)."

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