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Empathy and motivation for justice: Cognitive empathy and concern, but not emotional empathy, predict sensitivity to injustice for others

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Why do people tend to care for upholding principles of justice? This study examined the association betweenindividual differences in the affective, motivational and cognitive components of empathy, sensitivity to justice,and psychopathy in participants (N 265) who were also asked to rate the permissibility of everyday moralsituations that pit personal benet against moral standards of justice. Counter to common sense, emotionalempathy was not associated with sensitivity to injustice for others. Rather, individual differences in cognitiveempathy and empathic concern predicted sensitivity to justice for others, as well as the endorsement of moralrules. Psychopathy coldheartedness scores were inversely associated with motivation for justice. Moreover,hierarchical multiple linear regression analysis revealed that self-focused and other-focused orientations toward justice had opposing influences on the permissibility of moral judgments. High scores on psychopathy wereassociated with less moral condemnation of immoral behavior. Together, these results contribute to a better understanding of the information processing mechanisms underlying  justice motivation, and may guide interventions designed to foster justice and moral behavior. In order to promote justice motivation, it may be moreeffective to encourage perspective taking and reasoning than emphasizing emotional sharing with the misfortuneof others.

See on academia.edu



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