Every day, we hear gloomy news such as juvenile suicide and bullying , senile suicide, and wrongdoing by public officials . On this juncture, empathy is becoming increasingly popular. I suppose that all of the gloomy news of juvenile, senile, and official's unuseful behaviors have the same cause, deficit of empathy. The subject of this study, the effect of conditions of empathy and empathy itself on pro-social behavior, comes from this supposition.
To check whether my idea is right or not, I made a structural equation model. As independent variables, belongings, reverence, trust, and empathy are accepted, and as dependent variable pro-social behavior is accepted. Among the seven, six hypotheses have been tested statistically significant at 5% significance level. This suggests that my prior theoretical discussions, from which the seven hypotheses were induced, are meaningful and right. Some implications for theory, policy, and education have been suggested. So many countermeasures for social problems, which are based on reason but discard empathy and emotions, cure only a few problems and wrong-doings. Only half of the subjects empathize. Empathy education for most people is necessary. The more people empathize, the happier they will be.