Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology, University of Silesia in Katowice
In the article results of two correlational studies (n = 152 and n = 148) are presented, which aim was to analyse relations between emotion understanding and different forms of aggressiveness. There was demonstrated a lack of significant direct correlations between emotion understanding and aggressiveness. In a mediatory analysis, several models of relations between emotion understanding and aggressiveness were developed, in which two dimensions of empathy: personal distress, perspective taking, and two dimensions of alexithymia: difficulties in identification of emotion, and externally oriented thinking mediated between
emotion understanding and aggressiveness.
Keywords: emotion understanding, aggressiveness, hostility, empathy, alexithymia, Machiavellianism
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Moroń, M. (2016). Emotion understanding, aggressiveness and hostility. Mediatory role of empath, alexithymia and Machiavellianism. Psychologia Społeczna, 38, 321–338. doi: 10.7366/1896180020163807