A Summary of the Theory of Sympathy

  • Lauren Wispé
Part of the Perspectives in Social Psychology book series (PSPS)


The heuristic value of the tentative theory of sympathy set forth in the preceding chapters will hopefully be seen in the research it has encouraged. For now, however, a brief review of the theory may be helpful. It must be emphasized again that sympathy is a complicated phenomenon, and that this tentative theory of sympathy is only a first approximation of a fuller theory of sympathy, including specific hypotheses for testing. In this chapter I will briefly review the theory, indicate some paradoxes inherent in it, and try to put both into perspective.


Negative Stimulus Aversive Event Objective Perception Threatening Stimulus Autonomic Reaction 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lauren Wispé
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  1. 1.University of OklahomaNormanUSA

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