Perspective Taking

Nicholas Epley, Adam Gray Waytz

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Perspective taking describes a person's attempt to understand a stimulus from a different point of view. In relationships, perspective taking typically describes one person's attempt to understand a relationship partner's mental representations—his or her thoughts, feelings, attitudes, beliefs, preferences, or evaluations. Perspective taking is a broad term that is generally used to describe conscious and deliberate attempts to infer other people's mental states. Perspective taking can lead to empathy, whereby a person directly experiences another's emotional state or can induce people to experience emotions about another person's experience, such as pride or sympathy.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Human Relationships
EditorsHarry T. Reis, Susan Sprecher
Place of PublicationThousand Oaks, CA
PublisherSage Publications, Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781412958479
ISBN (Print)9781412958462
StatePublished - 2009


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