An exploratory investigation of the process of perspective taking in interpersonal situations

Gerace, Adam, Day, Andrew, Casey, Sharon and Mohr, Philip 2013, An exploratory investigation of the process of perspective taking in interpersonal situations, Journal of relationships research, vol. 4, pp. 1-12, doi: 10.1017/jrr.2013.6.

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Title An exploratory investigation of the process of perspective taking in interpersonal situations
Author(s) Gerace, Adam
Day, Andrew
Casey, Sharon
Mohr, Philip
Journal name Journal of relationships research
Volume number 4
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, England
Publication date 2013-01
ISSN 1838-0956
Keyword(s) perspective taking
role taking
past experience
empathic concern
Summary The ability to take the perspectives of others is considered a prerequisite for effective interpersonal interaction. Despite extensive investigation into the correlates of perspective taking, there have been few previous attempts to understand the process by which people take another's psychological point of view. The purpose of this exploratory study was to identify the strategies used by individuals when attempting to take the perspective of another person. Twelve participants discussed a time they engaged in perspective taking. The analysis revealed that perspective taking was used in situations in which significant negative emotions could arise, and that participants shifted between the use of self-information (e.g., switching places, past experience) and other-information (e.g., target's personal characteristics) during the process of perspective taking. Different emotions and cognitions were associated with taking one's own perspective and taking that of the other person. The study provides a direct consideration of an under-investigated component of social and personal relationships.
Language eng
DOI 10.1017/jrr.2013.6
Field of Research 170104 Forensic Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2013
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Collection: School of Psychology
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