Born for Love Why Empathy Is Essential--And Endangered

ISBN-10: 0061656798
ISBN-13: 9780061656798
Edition: 2011
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Book details

List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 4/5/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

An inside look at the power of empathy: Born for Love is an unprecedented exploration of how and why the brain learns to bond with others-and a stirring call to protect our children from new threats to their capacity to loveFrom birth, when babies' fingers instinctively cling to those of adults, their bodies and brains seek an intimate connection, a bond made possible by empathy-the ability to love and to share the feelings of others.In this provocative book, renowned child psychiatrist Bruce D. Perry and award-winning science journalist Maia Szalavitz interweave research and stories from Perry's practice with cutting-edge scientific studies and historical examples to explain how empathy develops, why it is essential for our development into healthy adults, and how it is threatened in the modern world.Perry and Szalavitz show that compassion underlies the qualities that make society work-trust, altruism, collaboration, love, charity-and how difficulties related to empathy are key factors in social problems such as war, crime, racism, and mental illness. Even physical health, from infectious diseases to heart attacks, is deeply affected by our human connections to one another.As Born for Love reveals, recent changes in technology, child-rearing practices, education, and lifestyles are starting to rob children of necessary human contact and deep relationships-the essential foundation for empathy and a caring, healthy society. Sounding an important warning bell, Born for Love offers practical ideas for combating the negative influences of modern life and fostering positive social change to benefit us all.

Authors' Note
Introduction
Heaven is Other People
In Your Face
Missing People
Intense World
Lies and Consequences
No Mercy
Resilience
The Chameleon
Us Versus Them
Glued to the Tube
On Baboons, British Civil Servants, and the Oscars
Warm as Iceland
All Together Now
epilogue People and Programs
Acknowledgments
Appendix
Notes
Index

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