Empathy: The heart of Dabrowski's theory

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Empathy: The heart of Dabrowski's theory

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The ability to feel others’ feelings, openness to others’ pain, deep concern for others—these empathic characteristics—are observable in children and form the basis of altruism. At lower levels of development,
there is no capacity for empathy, only what Dąbrowski (1970) called, “primitive, impulsive forms of syntony” (p. 178). Dąbrowski felt it was essential to distinguish syntony from empathy, which he called a “higher emotion.” Empathy “contains strong intellectual components,” resulting from inner psychic transformation and positive disintegration (p. 178). Studies demonstrate that some children are truly empathic. Is it possible, then, to be multilevel in childhood?

Date

2016

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English

Source

Silverman, L. K. (2016). Empathy: The heart of Dabrowski's theory. Advanced Development, 15, 32-46.

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“Empathy: The heart of Dabrowski's theory,” TPD Archive , accessed June 22, 2018, http://christianewells.com/items/show/150.

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