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

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  • Copyright: 2011-04-05
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks

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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.

Table of Contents

Authors' Notep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Heaven is Other Peoplep. 7
In Your Facep. 27
Missing Peoplep. 45
Intense Worldp. 72
Lies and Consequencesp. 96
No Mercyp. 120
Resiliencep. 145
The Chameleonp. 170
Us Versus Themp. 193
Glued to the Tubep. 211
On Baboons, British Civil Servants, and the Oscarsp. 232
Warm as Icelandp. 259
All Together Nowp. 288
epilogue People and Programsp. 323
Acknowledgmentsp. 335
Appendixp. 338
Notesp. 343
Indexp. 364
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Excellent and important August 13, 2011
This was a great read and was very informative, too. I can't stop recommending it to everyone. It's important on so many different levels! Read it!
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