Social dominance orientation (SDO)—the tendency to accept and endorse group-based dominance—has been linked with reduced empathy and increased schadenfreude (i.e., pleasure at the misfortunes of others) towards competitive others. Are these outcomes …
Emerging Scholars Presentation at NYU and Princeton
Presentation within the symposium 'Empathy Interventions: Who, What, When, and How?'
SDO is negatively related to empathy and positively related to counter-empathy in general. When group boundaries are made salient, the relationship between SDO, empathy, and schadenfreude become stronger for out-group targets, even in a novel groups paradigm and only when groups are competing.
This chapter extends classic social comparison research to explain how people think about group-based hierarchies and how they act within them.