Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential--and Endangered

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Harper Collins, Apr 6, 2010 - Family & Relationships - 384 pages

“Bruce Perry is both a world-class creative scientist and a compassionate therapist.”

—Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia


Born for Love is the definitive book on empathy. Renowned psychiatrist Bruce Perry has appeared on Oprah, CNN, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and other programs as an expert in this hot area of neuroscience, and has been cited as such in Newsweek, the New York Times, and The New Yorker (in a story written by Malcolm Gladwell). He and co-writer Maia Szalavitz explore empathy’s startling importance in human evolution and its significance for our children and our society. The authors of The Boy Who was Raised as a Dog present a powerful case that love is essential…and endangered.


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An excellent book. Full of insights on why empathy is important in everyone's lives; why some people have it...and some people don't. A must read for anyone intending to have, or already have, young ... Read full review

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This book has a fantastic chapter on autism and empathy. Recommended Read full review


one heAven Is other PeoPLe
two In Your fAce
three MIssIng PeoPLe
four Intense WorLd
seven resILIence
eight the chAMeLeon
eleven on BABoons BrItIsh cIvIL
twelve WArM As IceLAnd
thirteen ALL together noW
epilogue PeoPLe And ProgrAMs

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Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D., is the senior fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy (, a not-for-profit organization based in Houston that is dedicated to improving the lives of high-risk children, and he is an adjunct professor of psychiatry at the Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago. He is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children.

Maia Szalavitz is the author of Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids (Riverhead, 2006), which led to state investigations into the industry as well as federal legislation. She is a senior fellow at media watchdog and has written for the New York Times, Elle, Time magazine online, and the Washington Post.

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