As the chapters in this book attest, there is wide individual variation in the ways that people respond to personal life struggles, ranging from denial to a complete loss of emotional control, to the type of resilience to which we all strive—where we actively participate in our strife and emerge stronger, having learned and perhaps even benefited from the experience. Despite a respected and growing segment of psychological and health research on resilience and its less desirable counterparts (e.g., Davydov, Stewart, Ritchie, & Chaudieu, 2010; Epel, McEwen, & Ickovics, 1998), very little research has examined how an individual’s response to life stress can influence helping responses from people around him/her. There is a significant body of research on individual differences in the empathic response but most of this research uses narrative, confederate, or fictional needy targets that were designed to be sympathetic (e.g., see Batson et al., 1997; Eisenberg & Faber, 1990; Graziano, Habashi, Sheese, & Tobin, 2007). For this reason, we know very little about how different responses to need can produce diverging empathic responses to them.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||The Resilience Handbook|
|Subtitle of host publication||Approaches to Stress and Trauma|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||9|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2013|