The hierarchical organisation of the empathic processes. From the social neurosciences to the clinical practice

Author/s Maurizio Ceccarelli, Maria Pugliatti, Emiliano Avallone, Giulia Brescia, Maria Cimmino, Mario Valente, Benedetto Farina
Publishing Year 2013 Issue 2013/2
Language Italian Pages 22 P. 107-128 File size 317 KB
DOI 10.3280/PSOB2013-002010
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Empirical evidence from social neurosciences show that empathy is based on interaction between different mental structure and functions. The purpose of this paper is to apply the hierarchical model of mind proposed by Hughlings Jackson one century ago to empathic processes. This model helps to better understand the founding role of empathy for the development of cooperative relationships and high reflexive mental functions. It also presents implications of jacksonian model for clinical practice and psychotherapy.

Keywords: Empathy; Social Neurosciences; Neurobiology; Psychopathology; Mirror Neurons; Mind Hierarchical Organizations

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Maurizio Ceccarelli, Maria Pugliatti, Emiliano Avallone, Giulia Brescia, Maria Cimmino, Mario Valente, Benedetto Farina, L’organizzazione gerarchica dei processi empatici. Dalle social neurosciences alla pratica clinica in "PSICOBIETTIVO" 2/2013, pp 107-128, DOI: 10.3280/PSOB2013-002010