Compassion, Pride, and Social Intuitions of Self-other Similarity.
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol. 98, No. 4, pg. 618-630, 2010.
Christopher Oveis, E.J. Horberg, Dacher Keltner
Compassion and pride serve contrasting social functions: Compassion
motivates care-taking behavior, whereas pride enables the signaling and
negotiation of rank within social hierarchies. Across 3 studies,
compassion was associated with increased perceived self-other
similarity, particularly to weak or vulnerable others. In contrast,
pride was associated with an enhanced sense of similarity to strong
others, and a decreased sense of similarity to weak others. These
findings were obtained using trait measures (Study 1) and experimental
inductions (Studies 2 and 3) of compassion and pride, examining the
sense of similarity to strong or weak groups (Studies 1 and 2) and
unfamiliar individuals (Study 3). The influences of compassion and pride
on perceived self-other similarity could not be accounted for by
positive mood, nor was this effect constrained by the ingroup status of
the target group or individual. Discussion focuses on the contributions
these findings make to an understanding of compassion and pride.
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