1st Edition

The Development of Empathy
Phenomenology, Structure and Human Nature

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ISBN 9780367702731
June 29, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
280 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This thought-provoking volume offers psychological perspectives on the formation of empathy and how this determines both antisocial and prosocial behaviors in individuals. It offers a theoretically grounded and empirically proven integrated approach, helping readers gain a holistic understanding of human nature, and the need for empathic interaction between people.

Larysa Zhuravlova and Oleksiy Chebykin study the evolution of empathy, peculiarities from birth to old age, and its role in the moral and spiritual development of a person. Key sections explore: Theoretical and methodological principles of empathy research; genesis and development of human empathy; phylogenetic preconditions for empathy; psychological features of the ontogenesis of empathy; key factors in personality development and the experimental study of empathy.

Considering a vision for a society based on empathic relationships, which could be a deterrent to discrimination, help resolve problems of environmental issues, harmonize interpersonal relationships and resolve conflict, this new text is for advanced students of developmental, and educational psychology.

Table of Contents


  1. Theoretical and Methodological Principles of Empathy Research
      1. Historical Overview, Current Status and Future of the Empathy Research
      2. Methodological Basis of Studying Human Empathy
      3. Experience as a Meaningful Basis of Empathic Processes
      4. Conclusions

  2. Conceptualization of Genesis and Development of Human Empathy
      1. Conceptual Basis of the Empathy Phenomenon
      2. Structural-Dynamic Model of Elementary and Personal-Semantic Empathy
      3. Features of Functioning of Transfinite Empathy
      4. Empathy from the Standpoint of Psychology of Attitudes and Activities
      5. Conclusions

  3. Phylogenetic Preconditions for Development of Human Empathy
      1. Evolutionary Development of Natural Empathy
      2. Micro-Genesis Mechanisms of Natural Empathy
      3. Ontogenetic Development of Natural Empathy
      4. Conclusions

  4. Psychological Features of Ontogenesis of Human Empathy
      1. Development of Empathy in Infants
      2. Dynamics of Development of Personal-Semantic Empathy in Early Childhood and Preschool Age
      3. Features of Empathic Attitudes of Children in Primary School Age
      4. The Dynamics of Empathy in Adolescence and Early Adulthood
      5. Empathy in Adulthood
      6. Comparative Analysis of Ontogenetic Development of Empathy
      7. Conclusions

  5. Determining Factors of Personality Development in the Experimental Study of Empathy
      1. Study of Individual and Typological Correlates of Empathy
      2. Empathy and Self-Awareness
          1. Empathy and Self-Focused Attitude
          2. Empathy and Personal Self-Determination
          3. Empathy and Loneliness

      3. Correlation Between Development of Empathy and Value-Based Needs
      4. Family as an Important Culturogenic Factor in Actualization and Development of Empathy
      5. Conclusions

  6. Actualization and Development of Empathy
      1. Early School Age as a Sensitive Period for the Development of Effective Forms of Empathy
      2. Development of Empathy in Junior Schoolchildren
      3. Conclusions



Appendix A: Empathy Test for Younger Schoolchildren

Appendix B: Empathy Test for Teenagers and Adolescents

Appendix C: Empathy Test for Adults

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Larysa Zhuravlova is Doctor of Psychology, Professor of the National Academy of Higher Education of Ukraine, and Head of the Psychology Department at the Polesie National University.

Oleksiy Chebykin is Doctor of Psychology, Professor of the National Academy of Educational Sciences of Ukraine, founder of Southern Scientific Center in Odessa, president of the University of South Ukraine and the head of the Department of Theory and Methods of Practical Psychology.