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Empathizing with others can give one motivation to take an action 

 "We propose two major roles for empathy; 
  • its epistemological role is to provide information about the future actions of other people, and important environmental properties. 
  • Its social role is to serve as the origin of the motivation for cooperative and prosocial behavior, as well as help for effective social communication."  (VIGNEMONT 2006)
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