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Self-Assessment 3.10: Assessing Your Emotional Empathy
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Activity 3.10: Assessing Your Emotional Empathy

The source of this scale is: M. H. Davis, "A multidimensional approach to individual differences in empathy," JSAS Catalog of Selected Documents in Psychology, 10 (1980), p. 85.

Empathy refers to a person's understanding of and sensitivity to the feelings, thoughts, and situation of others. The "sensitivity" part of empathy is called emotional empathy. It refers to experiencing the feelings of the other person.
      This self-assessment is designed to help you to estimate your propensity for emotional empathy. It includes 7 statements, and you are asked to indicate the degree to which each statement does or does not describe you very well. You need to be honest with yourself to for a reasonable estimate of your level of perspective taking.

When I see someone being taken advantage of, I feel kind of protective toward them.
     Does NOT describe me well  1  2  3  4  5  Describes me well
When I see someone being treated unfairly, I sometimes don't feel much pity for them.
     Does NOT describe me well  1  2  3  4  5  Describes me well
I often have tender, concerned feelings for people less fortunate than me.
     Does NOT describe me well  1  2  3  4  5  Describes me well
I would describe myself as a pretty soft-hearted person.
     Does NOT describe me well  1  2  3  4  5  Describes me well
Sometimes I don't feel very sorry for other people when they are having problems.
     Does NOT describe me well  1  2  3  4  5  Describes me well
Other people's misfortunes do not usually disturb me a great deal.
     Does NOT describe me well  1  2  3  4  5  Describes me well
I am often touched by the things that I see happen.
     Does NOT describe me well  1  2  3  4  5  Describes me well
 
  







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