Empathic Accuracy

Empathic Accuracy

by William Ickes

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Empathic inference, or "everyday mind reading," is a form of complex psychological inference in which observation, memory, knowledge, and reasoning are combined to yield insights into the subjective experience of others. This comprehensive volume addresses the question of how accurate our "readings" of the thoughts and feelings of others actually are, introducing two innovative methods for objectively measuring this key dimension of social intelligence. Presenting cutting-edge research in this emerging area, the volume offers essential insights into how and why people sometimes succeed, and sometimes fail, in their attempts to understand each other. Leading experts cover such topics as the evolutionary and social-developmental origins of empathic accuracy; physiological aspects of empathic accuracy; gender and other individual difference variables; empathic accuracy and processes of mental control; the dynamic role of empathic accuracy in personal and psychotherapeutic relationships; and the relation of empathic accuracy to applied domains in psychology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572301610
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 01/15/1997
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 362
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

William Ickes, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Arlington, has studied naturally occurring social interaction for two decades. His research over the past ten years has focused more specifically on naturally occurring social cognition and empathic accuracy.

Table of Contents

Introduction, William Ickes
1. Communicative Genes and the Evolution of Empathy, Ross Buck and Benson Ginsburg
2. Physiological Aspects of Emotional Knowledge and Rapport, Robert W. Levenson and Anna M. Ruef
3. The Development of Empathic Accuracy, Nancy Eisenberg, Bridget C. Murphy, and Stephanie Shepard
4. When Women's Intuition Isn't Greater than Men's, Tiffany Graham and William Ickes
5.Personality and Empathic Accuracy, Mark H. Davis and Linda A. Kraus
6. Why Do Friends Understand Each Other Better than Strangers Do?, C. Randall Colvin, Dawne S. Vogt, and William Ickes
7. Empathic Accuracy in Close Relationships, Geoff Thomas and Garth J. O. Fletcher
8. Managing Empathic Accuracy in Close Relationships, William Ickes and Jeffry A. Simpson
9.Empathic Accuracy and Marital Conflict Resolution, Victor L. Bissonnette, Caryl E. Rusbult, and Shelley D. Kilpatrick
10. Studying Empathic Accuracy in a Clinically Relevant Context, William Ickes, Carol Marangoni, and Stella Garcia
11.Automatic and Controlled Empathy, Sara Hodges and Daniel M. Wegner


Students, researchers, and professionals in a range of disciplines, including personality and social psychology, clinical and counseling psychology, communication, developmental psychology, and marriage and family studies. Serves as a supplementary text in graduate-level courses on interpersonal perception, social cognition, and personal relationships.

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