The Science of Compassionate Love: Theory, Research, and Applications / Edition 1

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What is compassionate love? How does it differ from other types of love? Can it be developed or is it innate? The term compassionate love refers to various forms of other-centered cognitions, affect, and behavior: a giving of the self for the good of the other. It is the kind of love that is central to many religious traditions: a self-giving, caring, love that values the other highly and is intended to give full life to the other. The Science of Compassionate Love answers questions about altruism and compassionate love by providing innovative, state-of-the-art research from leadingscholars. Integrating a variety of perspectives, this volume provides insight intothe nature of compassionate love and how we might better understand it, and encourage its appropriate expression in our lives.

Many disciplines, with unique foci and methods, contribute to our understanding of compassionate love. By drawing from various scholars in psychology, sociology, communication, family studies, and medicine, this volume presents and integrates knowledge in a way that is informative for teaching and helpful for research. It also lays out a variety of methods and measures that pave the way forfuture directions in this field.

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Editorial Reviews

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For this splendid collection, Fehr (psychology, Univ. of Winnipeg), Sprecher (sociology, Illinois State University), and Underwood (biomedical humanities, Hiram College) assembled 15 original essays on "the science of compassionate love," i.e., "the kind of love that is a central feature in many religious traditions: a self-giving, caring love that values the other highly and has the intention of giving full life to the other." The contributors work in a variety of disciplines—social psychology, communication, health science. Together they present a state-of-the-art perspective, oriented toward future scientific investigations of compassionate love but in touch with its roots in developments such as humanistic psychology. This volume will have special appeal for psychologists but also, one can only hope, for humanists invested in the recent turn toward positive psychology. Mental health practitioners will also benefit from the clear delineation of the subject, finding links, for example, between compassionate love and the art of compassion central to mindfulness-based psychotherapies grounded in the Buddhist psychological tradition. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals. — M. Uebel, University of Texas (CHOICE, March 2009)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405153935
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/12/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Beverley Fehr is Professor of Psychology at the Universityof Winnipeg.

Susan Sprecher is Professor of Sociology with JointAppointment in Psychology at Illinois State University.

Lynn G. Underwood is Professor of Biomedical Humanitiesat Hiram College.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments Beverley Fehr Fehr, Beverley Susan Sprecher Sprecher, Susan Lynn Underwood Underwood, Lynn

1 Compassionate Love: A Framework for Research Lynn G. Underwood Underwood, Lynn G.

2 Compassionate Love: Conceptual, Measurement, and Relational Issues Beverley Fehr Fehr, Beverley Susan Sprecher Sprecher, Susan

3 Measuring Prosocial Behavior, Altruism, and Compassionate Love on US Television Stacy L. Smith Smith, Stacy L. Sandi W. Smith Smith, Sandi W. Katherine M. Pieper Pieper, Katherine M. Edward Downs Downs, Edward Jina H. Yoo Yoo, Jina H. Becka Bowden Bowden, Becka Amber Ferris Ferris, Amber Matthew C. Butler Butler, Matthew C.

4 Love and Caring in the United States: Trends and Correlates of Empathy, Altruism, and Related Constructs Tom W. Smith Smith, Tom W.

5 Compassionate Motivation and Compassionate Acts across the Adult Life Course: Evidence from US National Studies Nadine F. Marks Marks, Nadine F. Jieun Song Song, Jieun

6 Empathy and Compassionate Love in Early Childhood: Development and Family Influence Brenda L. Volling Volling, Brenda L. Amy M. Kolak Kolak, Amy M. Denise E. Kennedy Kennedy, Denise E.

7 Compassionate Love in Early Marriage Lisa A. Neff Neff, Lisa A. Benjamin R. Karney Karney, Benjamin R.

8 A Behavioral Systems Perspective on Compassionate Love Mario Mikulincer Mikulincer, Mario Phillip R. Shaver Shaver, Phillip R. Omri Gillath Gillath, Omri

9 Compassionate Acts: Motivations for and Correlates of Volunteerism among Older Adults Allen M. Omoto Omoto, Allen M. Anna M. Malsch Malsch, Anna M. Jorge A. Barraza Barraza, Jorge A.

10 Compassionate Love for Individuals in Other Social Groups Salena BrodyBrody, Salena Stephen C. Wright Wright, Stephen C. Arthur Aron Aron, Arthur Tracy McLaughlin-Volpe McLaughlin-Volpe, Tracy

11 Compassionate Family Caregiving in the Light and Shadow of Death Linda J. Roberts Roberts, Linda J. Meg Wise Wise, Meg Lori L. DuBenske DuBenske, Lori L.

12 Compassionate Clinicians: Exemplary Care in Hospital Settings David R. Graber Graber, David R. Maralynne D. Mitcham Mitcham, Maralynne D.

13 Caregiving in Sociocultural Context Norman D. Giesbrecht Giesbrecht, Norman D.

14 Testing Aspects of Compassionate Love in a Sample of Indonesian Adolescents Julie Vaughan Vaughan, Julie Nancy Eisenberg Eisenberg, Nancy Doran C. French French, Doran C. Urip Purwono Purwono, Urip Telie A. Suryanti Suryanti, Telie A. Sri Pidada Pidada, Sri

15 Compassionate Love: Concluding Reflections Daniel Perlman Perlman, Daniel Rozzana Sanchez Aragon Aragon, Rozzana Sanchez


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