Previously, we found that taking perspectives of two polar targets of the neuroticism dimension of personality influenced affect evaluations of negative pictures more than positive pictures. As neuroticism is more reactive to negative affects, the current follow-up experiment explores the effect of affective perspective taking (APT) when perspectives are derived from extroversion, which is more reactive to positive affects. Stimuli consisted of neutral, sad, and happy pictures, which were rated from the perspectives of an introvert and an extrovert. Emotional strength rating was a dependent variable, and N = 41. We found a significant interaction between APT and valence. The difference in ratings between adopting an introverted and an extroverted perspective toward happiness was larger than toward sadness. Together with the results from our previous study, these results suggest an asymmetric influence of APT toward positive and negative valances and that the direction of influence asymmetry depends on the type of personality dimension from which perspectives are derived.
- Perspective taking
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)