Cultivating Compassion: The Impact of Self-Compassion on Kindness in Intimate Relationships (78729)

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Tuesday, 26 March 2024 15:30
Session: Poster Session 2
Room: Orion Hall (5F)
Presentation Type: Poster Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

While interest in the relationship between self-compassion and compassion for others is widespread, limited empirical evidence supports this connection. López et al. (2018) found no significant correlation between self-compassion and compassion for others; however, prior research suggests that helping behavior is more pronounced within close relationships. This study investigates the influence of self-compassion on kindness in intimate relationships. Forty-four Japanese undergraduates were presented with a scenario in which their intimate partner confided concerns, and subsequently, they were asked to articulate their responses. In the experimental condition, where self-compassion was induced, participants exhibited a heightened intention to empathize with others' feelings, and displayed less judgment, compared to the control condition. These findings suggest that self-compassion may enhance a sense of compassion for others, particularly in situations where individuals in close relationships face challenges.

Haruka Makita, Doshisha University, Japan
Masanori Oikawa, Doshisha University, Japan
Haruka Oikawa, Doshisha University, Japan

About the Presenter(s)
Ms Haruka Makita is a University Doctoral Student at Doshisha University, Graduate School of Psychology in Japan

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