Along the same lines, cognitive empathy (i.e., understanding emotional states of others) predicts higher quality friendships involving mutual reciprocity and stability (Chakrabarti and Baron-Cohen, 2006; Soenens et al., 2007). doi: 10.1080/00223891.2012.696080 Pub Med Abstract | Cross Ref Full Text | Google Scholar Hermans, E. Overall, empathy is important for bonding with primary caregivers, friends, and other eminent people (Knafo et al., 2008). With regard to concurrent validity, higher empathy was related to more attention to others’ emotions, higher friendship quality, less focus on own affective state, and lower levels of bullying behavior. Taken together, we show that the Em Que-CA is a reliable and valid instrument to measure empathy in typically developing children and adolescents aged 10 and older. We expected that adolescents who scored high on affective empathy had more awareness of what happened in their body following emotional situations.
More specifically, higher affective empathy (i.e., sharing an emotional state) predicts constructive conflict resolution when encountering problems with friends (De Wied et al., 2007). Testosterone administration reduces empathetic behavior: a facial mimicry study. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.20 Pub Med Abstract | Cross Ref Full Text | Google Scholar Hill, J.
Considering the crucial importance of empathic care for the well-being of people one interacts with, attention to comfort should receive more attention (Batson, 2009; Decety et al., 2016).