What Makes a Hero?: The Surprising Science of Selflessness

What Makes a Hero?: The Surprising Science of Selflessness

by Elizabeth Svoboda


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591845287
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/29/2013
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.36(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.97(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Svoboda has contributed to Fast Company, Popular Science, Psychology TodayDiscover, Salon, and The New York Times, among others. In 2008, she received the Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award. She lives in San Jose.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Can Anyone Become A Hero? 1

Part I Theory

Chapter 1 In The Genes? 13

Chapter 2 The Economics of Unselfishness 31

Chapter 3 Mental Blocks Against Heroism 45

Chapter 4 Inner Focus and Compassionate Action 59

Chapter 5 Suffering and Heroism 75

Chapter 6 Helping, Health, and Happiness 89

Chapter 7 The Scientific Search for Altruism 105

Part II Practice

Chapter 8 Heroes in Training 125

Chapter 9 Corporate Heroes 143

Chapter 10 Real-Life Superheroes 159

Chapter 11 Taking the Hero Challenge 173

Chapter 12 Cultivating a Heroic Life 191

Acknowledgments 207

Notes 209

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“A satisfying investigation of the mechanics of heroism.”
Kirkus Reviews

“The world would be a better place if everyone read Elizabeth Svoboda’s fun, fascinating, and deeply researched book.”
Joshua Foer, author of Moonwalking with Einstein

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