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Cognitive Empathy


where did this notion of Cognitive Empathy even start?

Which Factors Shape Our Empathy?
BY EMILIANA R. SIMON-THOMAS
JULY 31, 2017
"But first, what is empathy?
While the dictionary definition is ready available, the GGSC’s definition of empathy is based on science. Each scientific discipline has its own approach to studying empathy.
 Then researchers can ask: This kind of work has generated two flavors of empathy.
  • The first is called affective empathy, and refers to the inner feelings that arise and the subtle copying of expressions that happens when we see others express emotion. 
  • The second is cognitive empathy, which is how we understand what other people’s emotions mean and why they typically occur."
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"Paul and I had a long conversation recently, in which he described three very different ways to sense another person’s feelings.

The first is “cognitive empathy,” simply knowing how the other person feels and what they might be thinking. Sometimes called perspective-taking, this kind of empathy can help in, say, a negotiation or in motivating people. A study at the University of Birmingham found, for example, that managers who are good at perspective-taking were able to move workers to give their best efforts."

"Cognitive empathy: the capacity to understand another's perspective or mental state.[21][49][52] The terms cognitive empathy and theory of mind or mentalizing are often used synonymously, but due to a lack of studies comparing theory of mind with types of empathy, it is unclear whether these are equivalent." 

Emotional Empathy and Cognitive Empathy
July 19, 2013 by Chris Allen Thomas

"Cognitive empathy is the largely conscious drive to recognize accurately and understand another’s emotional state. Sometimes we call this kind of empathy “perspective taking.”"


How to Embrace Diversity with Empathy 
"Cognitive empathy: Understanding the perspectives or thoughts of another. Alone, cognitive empathy can lead to manipulation. It can also lead to being cold and unfeeling."


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