Are empathy and generosity fixed and stable personality traits, or flexible and malleable choices that can be increased and sustained? We suggest that it is likely to be the latter: that we can draw upon people’s core motivations to increase their empathic potential. Rather than treating empathy and prosociality as fixed, limited resources, we suggest that these character virtues can be expanded and grown, and that this growth can be sustained over time, even in the face of demanding challenges, by leveraging human motivation. Building on the emerging perspective that empathy is a motivational phenomenon, we suggest there is great potential for the mind to increase empathy and generosity. This project includes six experiments that examine how short-term “nudges” that boost motivations for efficacy/competence and social relatedness can increase spontaneous choices to feel empathy, and in turn, increase prosocial behavior. These studies use novel measures of empathic choices, socially immersive interventions, and prosocial behavior outcomes to understand the motivational mechanisms that ground human prosociality. In total, this project aims to redefine current views about the latent possibilities of empathy as a renewable human resource.
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