Empathy and the relationship between attitudinal similarity and attraction

Steven L. Grover, Joel Brockner*

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Abstract

Subjects varying in their levels of trait empathy encountered an attitudinally similar or dissimilar other. Replicating past research, subjects expressed much greater attraction for a similar rather than dissimilar other. Extending past research, the relationship between attitudinal similarity and attraction was much stronger among those having a strong rather than weak empathic tendency. Explanations, theoretical implications, and limitations are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469-479
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1989
Externally publishedYes

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