publication . Article . Other literature type . 2013

Non-sex offenders display distorted thinking and have empathy deficits too: A thematic analysis of cognitions and the application of empathy

Sarah J. Brown; Kate Walker; Theresa A. Gannon; Kirsten Keown;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Nov 2013
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Country: United Kingdom
It is generally assumed that empathy acts to disinhibit behaviour that could be perceived as detrimental to others and as a result is a common feature of offender treatment programmes. The present research hypothesised that empathy in all populations is both a situational and a selective process that is ultimately governed by self-interest and further, that it is the nature of the self-interest that distinguishes individuals rather than a general empathy deficit per se. Empathic processes were observed in a non-offending population in a personal situation normally regarded as evocative of empathy, infidelity. Thematic analysis of data from individuals who report...
free text keywords: BF, Behavioral Neuroscience, Developmental psychology, Social psychology, Empathy, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Psychiatry, medicine.medical_specialty, medicine, Emotive, Thematic analysis, Psychology, Simulation theory of empathy, Situational ethics, Remorse, Cognitive dissonance, Population, education.field_of_study, education, Denial, Cognition, Offending behaviour
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