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Strengthening self-efficacy by developing empathy and self-regulation

Simon Turk (2013) Strengthening self-efficacy by developing empathy and self-regulation. PhD thesis.

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    This thesis explores the possibility of congruent development of self-efficacy, self-regulation and empathy in an adult. Its theoretical contribution and research examine whether an individual's response to their own experiences is more efficient when they develop empathy (meta-empathy) and self-regulation – key personality traits of a person with a high sense of self-efficacy. In author's view, modern society poses a key obstacle to a congruent and coherent development of those personality traits in an individual. A possible solution, according to the author, is in the individual’s intersubjective awareness raising that would enable the individual to develop the consciousness of individuum. Awareness-raising should be done globally since modern society, by systemically involving all its individuals, significantly determines the circumstances that enable or hinder development of individuum's consciousness. A longitudinal quantitative study was conducted with the participants of interpersonal communication and stress management seminars to monitor the changes in empathy (meta-empathy), self-regulation and in participants’ sense of self-efficacy. Using the research findings the author wanted to test whether these types of seminar trainings are worthwhile and effective. The study confirms them to be both. With our participants significant changes were observed in rational empathy (meta-empathy), self-regulation as well as self-efficacy and less significant in emotional empathy. As predicted by the author, more pronounced and longer-lasting changes were identified after the seminar on Stress management while the changes after the seminar on Communication and conflict management were smaller and short-lived.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD thesis)
    Keywords: self-efficacy, self-regulation, empathy, meta-empathy, modern society, an individuum, awareness-raising
    Number of Pages: 268
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    dr. Sonja ŽorgaMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9841225)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1901
    Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2013 09:17
    Last Modified: 30 Oct 2013 09:17
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1901

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