The Compassionate Connection: The Healing Power of Empathy and Mindful Listening

The Compassionate Connection: The Healing Power of Empathy and Mindful Listening

by David Rakel

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Overview

“This book explains not only the healing power of compassionate human connection, but in the most accessible and practical ways, how to cultivate our capacity to create that connection and thereby empower others to find their best selves.”—John Makransky, author of Awakening through Love

All of us have an innate capacity for compassion. We recognize when others are hurting, and we want to help, but we’re not always good at it. There is another way. In The Compassionate Connection, Dr. David Rakel explains how we can strengthen our bonds with others—all the while doing emotional and physical good for ourselves.

As founder and director of the University of Wisconsin Integrative Medicine program, Dr. Rakel discovered that we become the most effective helpers when we use the tool of human connection. Drawing on his own research and practice, as well as thirty years of published studies in medicine, sociology, psychology, meditation, and neuroscience, Dr. Rakel "stacks the deck" in favor of healing and introduces the concept of bio-psycho-spiritual authentic awareness. Not only are our bodies and minds connected, but also it has been scientifically proven that our capacity to feel beauty, awe, and compassion enhances our health and wellbeing.

In The Compassionate Connection, Dr. Rakel provides an innovative approach to enhancing health in others and strengthening relationships through the art of connecting. These tools guide us to improve our connections—whether between doctor and patient, husband and wife, parent and child, or boss and employee—and live with clarity, wisdom, and good health.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393247756
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/17/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 345,236
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Dr. David Rakel was founder and director of the University of Wisconsin Integrative Medicine program. He is now professor and chair of the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of New Mexico. He lives in Albuquerque.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part 1 Our Healing Power

1 Compassion Hastens Healing 3

2 The Mind and the Body-Connected 31

3 The Biology of Connection 53

4 Make Health Primary 81

5 Good Intentions Gone Bad 101

Part II Make the Connection

6 Identify and Free Yourself of Your Biases 121

7 Be Present, on Purpose, without Judgment 143

8 Physically Communicate Good Intentions 165

9 Seek Another Person's Authentic Story 187

10 Move from Burnout toward Beauty 217

Appendixes 241

Acknowledgments 249

Notes 251

Index 269

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