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Empathic Distress Fatigue Rather Than Compassion Fatigue? Integrating Findings from Empathy Research in Psychology and Social Neuroscience

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Singer, Tania
Published in B. Oakley, A. Knafo, G. Madhavan & D.S. Wilson. Pathological Altruism. New York: Oxford University Press. 2011
Abstract In this chapter, we discuss the role of empathy as the main precursor for prosocial behavior, taking perspectives that span from social and developmental psychology to social neuroscience. We begin by introducing compassion fatigue in caregivers as a form of pathological altruism. We move on to introduce such relevant concepts as empathy, compassion, empathic concern, and distress; we then review relevant empirical findings from social and developmental psychology and social neuroscience. Finally, we propose a new integrative model that suggests that the term compassion fatigue should be replaced by the term empathic distress fatigue to more accurately account for symptoms of withdrawal and burnout. We conclude by outlining potential ways to circumvent the downside of too much empathy.
Keywords Compassion fatigueEmpathic distressEmpathyEmpathic concernProsocial behaviorSocial neuroscience
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ISBN: 978-0-19-973857-1
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KLIMECKI-LENZ, Olga Maria, SINGER, Tania. Empathic Distress Fatigue Rather Than Compassion Fatigue? Integrating Findings from Empathy Research in Psychology and Social Neuroscience. In: B. Oakley, A. Knafo, G. Madhavan & D.S. Wilson (Ed.). Pathological Altruism. New York : Oxford University Press, 2011. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:102122

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