|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Encyclopedia of Human Relationships|
|Editors||Harry T. Reis, Susan Sprecher|
|Place of Publication||Thousand Oaks, CA|
|Publisher||Sage Publications, Inc.|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - 2009|
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.