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date: 30 October 2020

Social Empathylocked

  • Elizabeth A. SegalElizabeth A. SegalArizona State University

Summary

This article defines and explains the concept and trait of social empathy and the relationship to interpersonal empathy. Both concepts are explained using the latest cognitive neuroscience research on brain activity. Through brain imaging, the components that together make up the full array of empathy have been identified and are discussed in relation to social work practice. The application of social empathy in the policy-making arena is described, and the implications for social work practice to enhance empathy are discussed.

Subjects

  • Practical Ethics
  • Human Behaviour and the Social Environment
  • Social Justice and Human Rights

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