Personal Values and Intergroup Empathy

Alexander Zibenberg, Haggai Kupermintz

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Empirical evidence shows that personal values have an influence on empathy in intrapersonal relationships. We examine the relationship between the values of self-enhancement and self-transcendence among members of the majority group (Israeli Jews) and empathy towards in-group and out-group members (Israeli Arabs). Two hundred and ninety-seven Israeli Jewish students took part in the study. While the results show that self-transcendence values have a consistent effect on empathy whether it is towards in-group or out-group members, the hypotheses regarding the impact of self-enhancement values on empathy towards out-group members were partly supported. We discuss the universality of self-transcendence values in their influence on empathy in different contexts and emphasize the complex relationships among in-group members.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-193
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Human Values
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2016

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  • Empathy
  • intercultural relations
  • intractable conflict
  • personal values

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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