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Social Decentering: A Theory of Other-Orientation Encompassing Empathy and Perspective-Taking, Author Redmond, Mark V.
Whenever we anticipate interacting, interact, or reflect on interactions with other people, we have the option of engaging in social decentering to help us in our planning, understanding, and adapting. We are also affected by the other person’s use of social decentering on us. So far in this book the focus has been on interpersonal interactions, specifically those with friends, romantic partners, and spouses. That discussion provides a broad and encompassing understanding of social decentering and relationship-specific social decentering (RSSD) that can be applied to any human interaction. However, some interactions are defined by specific roles and contexts that affect the use, value, appropriateness, and impact of social decentering. For example, psychotherapy is seen as a specific form of interpersonal interaction (Hatcher, 2015), where the roles of the therapist and client guide the interaction. In organizations, managers with strong social decentering abilities are likely to make different adaptations to subordinates who are late to work than they do when their children are late for dinner. The roles that managers play toward subordinates evokes different goals in using social decentering (maintaining a productive workforce) than it does in interacting with their children (teaching responsibility).
De Gruyter Oldenbourg
Redmond, Mark V., "Empathy, Perspective-Taking and Social Decentering in the Context of Health Care Professionals, Teams, Organizations, and Intercultural Interactions" (2018). English Publications. 296.
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