The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness (Google eBook)

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Dacher Keltner, Jason Marsh, Jeremy Adam Smith
W. W. Norton & Company, Jan 4, 2010 - Psychology - 336 pages
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Leading scientists and science writers reflect on the life-changing, perspective-changing, new science of human goodness.

In these pages you will hear from Steven Pinker, who asks, “Why is there peace?”; Robert Sapolsky, who examines violence among primates; Paul Ekman, who talks with the Dalai Lama about global compassion; Daniel Goleman, who proposes “constructive anger”; and many others. Led by renowned psychologist Dacher Keltner, the Greater Good Science Center, based at the University of California in Berkeley, has been at the forefront of the positive psychology movement, making discoveries about how and why people do good. Four times a year the center publishes its findings with essays on forgiveness, moral inspiration, and everyday ethics in Greater Good magazine. The best of these writings are collected here for the first time.

A collection of personal stories and empirical research, The Compassionate Instinct will make you think not only about what it means to be happy and fulfilled but also about what it means to lead an ethical and compassionate life.
  

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User Review  - lindap69 - LibraryThing

some personal stories some research about what it means to be empathic, compassionate and ethical Read full review

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I feel very lucky to be exposed to the ideas I found in this book. It's nothing less than a scientific examination of altruism, heroism and human virtue. None of the ideas are new –– if you've read ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
5
The Evolution of Empathy
16
Peace among Primates
26
Dave Grossman
36
Political Primates
45
The Forgiveness Instinct
51
The New Science of Forgiveness
62
Brain Trust
72
A Feeling for Fiction
150
A Different View
157
Daniel Goleman
171
Introduction
177
The Activism Cure
195
Americas Trust Fall
203
The Power Paradox
213
An Interview with Michael Pollan
223

Wired to Be Inspired
86
how to cultivate goodness
95
Philip A Cowan Carolyn Pape Cowan and Neera Mehta
100
Love Honor and Thank
111
Stumbling toward Gratitude
118
The Choice to Forgive
126
Compassion across Cubicles
133
Are You a Jerk at Work?
140
Lisa Bennett
230
Jason Marsh
239
Making Peace through Apology
246
Truth + Reconciliation
255
The Heroine with One Thousand Faces
283
Zeno Franco and Philip Zimbardo
287
Illustration Credits
301
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Dacher Keltner is Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught social psychology for the past 18 years and is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award for Letters and Sciences. His research focuses on the prosocial emotions (such as love, sympathy, and gratitude), morality, and power. Other awards include the Western Psychological Association’s award for outstanding contribution to research, the Positive Psychology Prize for excellence in research, and the Distinguished Mentoring Award at UC Berkeley. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. In 2008, the Utne Reader listed Dacher as one of the 50 visionaries changing the world.

Jason Marsh is an editor of Greater Good magazine. He lives in Berkeley, CA.

Jeremy Adam Smith is the senior editor of Greater Good magazine and the author of The Daddy Shift. He lives in San Francisco.

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