The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness

The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness

by Dacher Keltner
     
 

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Leading scientists and science writers reflect on the life-changing, perspective-changing, new science of human goodness.See more details below

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Leading scientists and science writers reflect on the life-changing, perspective-changing, new science of human goodness.

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“[T]his collection stimulates serious reflection.”
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Keltner (research director & cofounder, Greater Good Science Ctr., Univ. of California-Berkeley; Born To Be Good) and editors of Greater Good magazine Jason Marsh and Jeremy Adam Smith compile 35 short articles from the publication, beginning with scientific roots, taking up interpersonal relationships, and ending with society and politics. The short, accessible essays—with no references or bibliography—underscore empathy, forgiveness, gratitude, happiness, trust, and apology. Contributors include Jonathan Haidt, Alfie Kohn, Daniel Goleman, Meredith Maran, Steven Pinker, and Desmond Tutu. While encouraging, this collection is not Pollyannaish: experiments reveal the noxious effects of increased power, the ease with which people slip into bully and victim roles, and the difficulty of empathizing with strangers or with masses suffering as opposed to the grief of individuals. Dave Grossman's findings on soldiers' reluctance to kill, training methods used to bypass conscience, and the increase of post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans make a startling, important, optimistic statement about compassion. VERDICT A readable digest of current work in positive psychology for a general audience.—E. James Lieberman, George Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, Washington, DC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393337280
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/04/2010
Pages:
316
Sales rank:
515,843
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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