Elevation Mapping: Pro-Social Compassion Maps

Recent social psychological studies in university settings suggests that witnessing both compassionate and pro-social behavior inspires others to behave in a similar manner, with significant psychological benefits for those witnessing the positive event.


How do we feel when we witness others working together? Kindness? Compassion? Sharing? Giving?


Haidt (2003b) calls the emotion ‘elevation’ (based on a 1771 description by Jefferson). Elevation is an emotional response to witnessing others acts which make us feel unselfish, often with a desire to act similarly. Haidt describes participants witnessing good deeds giving them a pleasurable feeling, sometimes feeling warm or pleasant in the chest that triggered desires of doing good deeds. 


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Elevation is an emotional response

to witnessing others acts which

make us feel unselfish, often with a

desire to act similarly. 

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Project Compassion Stanford 

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