Empathy, A critical link between self-compassion and social dominance orientation.


Previous research has focused on how self-compassion relates to empathy and compassion, two related constructs that broaden the scope of concern for others. However, less is known about how self-compassion relates to generalized factors of prejudice. Using psychometric network analysis, we investigated the relationships between social dominance orientation (SDO), empathy, and different facets of self-compassion in two independent undergraduate students’ samples collected before (n = 578) and during the COVID-19 pandemic (n = 456). In both samples, SDO had a strong connection with empathy which was in turn connected to the tightly interrelated self-compassion network. Invariance analysis confirmed that network structure did not differ between the samples, suggesting that this pattern remained stable despite the differences in social conditions due to COVID-19 pandemic. These findings suggest a potential pathway in which self-compassion is related to a greater sense of connection to others on an interpersonal and societal level.

Jul 16, 2021
Polina Beloborodova
Polina Beloborodova
PhD Candidate

Studying how mindfulness and sustainability help us to live more fulfilling and happy lives.