Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation
Journal articles

Perspective-Taking and Self-Other Overlap: Fostering Social Bonds and Facilitating Social Coordination

Abstract : The present article offers a conceptual model for how the cognitive processes associated with perspective-taking facilitate social coordination and foster social bonds. We suggest that the benefits of perspective-taking accrue through an increased self-other overlap in cognitive representations and discuss the implications of this perspective-taking induced self-other overlap for stereotyping and prejudice. Whereas perspective-taking decreases stereotyping of others (through application of the self to the other), it increases stereotypicality of one's own behavior (through inclusion of the other in the self). To promote social bonds, perspective-takers utilize information, including stereotypes, to coordinate their behavior with others. The discussion focuses on the implications, both positive and negative, of this self-other overlap for social relationships and discusses how conceptualizing perspective-taking, as geared toward supporting social bonds, provides a framework for understanding why the effects of perspective-taking are typically target-specific and do not activate a general helping mind-set. Through its attempts to secure social bonds, perspective-taking can be an engine of social harmony, but can also reveal a dark side, one full of ironic consequences.
Document type :
Journal articles
Complete list of metadatas

Cited literature [74 references]  Display  Hide  Download

https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-00571596
Contributor : Hal Peer <>
Submitted on : Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 5:42:06 AM
Last modification on : Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 9:44:16 AM
Long-term archiving on: : Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 8:04:06 AM

File

PEER_stage2_10.1177%2F13684302...
Files produced by the author(s)

Identifiers

Collections

Citation

Adam D. Galinsky, Gillian Ku, Cynthia S. Wang. Perspective-Taking and Self-Other Overlap: Fostering Social Bonds and Facilitating Social Coordination. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, SAGE Publications, 2005, 8 (2), pp.109-124. ⟨10.1177/1368430205051060⟩. ⟨hal-00571596⟩

Share

Metrics

Record views

149

Files downloads

1935