New Publication: The Emerging Study of Positive Empathy

When we hear the term "empathy," we often think of empathizing with others' pain and suffering.  However, empathy can also involve sharing, celebrating, and enjoying others’ positive emotions (or "positive empathy").  A new paper by Sylvia Morelli, Matthew Lieberman, and Jamil Zaki introduces this new construct and reviews evidence that positive empathy relates to increased prosocial behavior, social closeness, and well-being. It also discusses open directions for the study of positive empathy, such as investigating the potential role of positive empathy (or its disruption) in psychiatric disorders. For a full list of our lab's publications, click here