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Feeling me, feeling you : the relation between emotion differentiation and empathic accuracy

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Does knowing your own emotions relate to knowing those of others? We argue that our ability to experience and label our own emotions in a differentiated and specific manner is related to the ability to accurately perceive the level of emotions in others. In an experience sampling study among romantic couples, we tested the hypothesis that individuals with higher levels of emotion differentiation are characterized by higher levels of empathic accuracy (i.e., judge others' emotions more accurately). In line with expectations, results showed that individuals who differentiate highly between their negative emotions are more able to accurately infer how pleasant their partners are feeling across daily life. This finding establishes a link between perceptions of our own and others' emotions and provides evidence that the skills we use to understand our own emotions are also relevant for understanding how others feel.
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SOCIAL-INTERACTION, VALENCE FOCUS, EXPERIENCE, DISORDER, RELIABILITY, UNPACKING, COGNITION, PARTNER, AROUSAL, COUPLES, emotion, emotion knowledge, emotion differentiation, emotional granularity, empathic accuracy, mind reading

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Erbas, Yasemin, et al. “Feeling Me, Feeling You : The Relation between Emotion Differentiation and Empathic Accuracy.” SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PERSONALITY SCIENCE, vol. 7, no. 3, 2016, pp. 240–47, doi:10.1177/1948550616633504.
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Erbas, Y., Sels, L., Ceulemans, E., & Kuppens, P. (2016). Feeling me, feeling you : the relation between emotion differentiation and empathic accuracy. SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PERSONALITY SCIENCE, 7(3), 240–247. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550616633504
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Erbas, Yasemin, Laura Sels, Eva Ceulemans, and Peter Kuppens. 2016. “Feeling Me, Feeling You : The Relation between Emotion Differentiation and Empathic Accuracy.” SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PERSONALITY SCIENCE 7 (3): 240–47. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550616633504.
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Erbas, Yasemin, Laura Sels, Eva Ceulemans, and Peter Kuppens. 2016. “Feeling Me, Feeling You : The Relation between Emotion Differentiation and Empathic Accuracy.” SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PERSONALITY SCIENCE 7 (3): 240–247. doi:10.1177/1948550616633504.
Vancouver
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Erbas Y, Sels L, Ceulemans E, Kuppens P. Feeling me, feeling you : the relation between emotion differentiation and empathic accuracy. SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PERSONALITY SCIENCE. 2016;7(3):240–7.
IEEE
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Y. Erbas, L. Sels, E. Ceulemans, and P. Kuppens, “Feeling me, feeling you : the relation between emotion differentiation and empathic accuracy,” SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PERSONALITY SCIENCE, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 240–247, 2016.
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  abstract     = {{Does knowing your own emotions relate to knowing those of others? We argue that our ability to experience and label our own emotions in a differentiated and specific manner is related to the ability to accurately perceive the level of emotions in others. In an experience sampling study among romantic couples, we tested the hypothesis that individuals with higher levels of emotion differentiation are characterized by higher levels of empathic accuracy (i.e., judge others' emotions more accurately). In line with expectations, results showed that individuals who differentiate highly between their negative emotions are more able to accurately infer how pleasant their partners are feeling across daily life. This finding establishes a link between perceptions of our own and others' emotions and provides evidence that the skills we use to understand our own emotions are also relevant for understanding how others feel.}},
  author       = {{Erbas, Yasemin and Sels, Laura and Ceulemans, Eva and Kuppens, Peter}},
  issn         = {{1948-5506}},
  journal      = {{SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PERSONALITY SCIENCE}},
  keywords     = {{SOCIAL-INTERACTION,VALENCE FOCUS,EXPERIENCE,DISORDER,RELIABILITY,UNPACKING,COGNITION,PARTNER,AROUSAL,COUPLES,emotion,emotion knowledge,emotion differentiation,emotional granularity,empathic accuracy,mind reading}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  number       = {{3}},
  pages        = {{240--247}},
  title        = {{Feeling me, feeling you : the relation between emotion differentiation and empathic accuracy}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1948550616633504}},
  volume       = {{7}},
  year         = {{2016}},
}

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