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

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Love and empathy: the foundation for humanity.

This book would be a good read for anyone interested in understanding the crucial role empathy plays in our lives. It highlights how our human connections and relationships deeply affect our mental and physical health, and emphasizes the importance of empathy for building a healthy society. The book also provides practical suggestions for combating the negative influences of modern life and fostering positive social change. Overall, "Born for Love" is a thought-provoking and informative read for anyone interested in improving their own well-being and that of others around them.

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

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ISBN: 9780061656798
Publisher: Mariner Books
Date of Publication: 2011-04-05
Format: Paperback
Goodreads rating: 4.33
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The groundbreaking exploration of the power of empathy  by  renowned child-psychiatrist   Bruce D. Perry, co-author, with Oprah Winfrey, of  What Happened to You? Born for Love  reveals how and why the brain learns to bond with others—and is a stirring call to protect our children from new threats to their capacity to love.“Empathy, and the ties that bind people into relationships, are key elements of happiness.  Born for Love  is truly fascinating.” — Gretchen Rubin,  author of  The Happiness Project From 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, 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 to raise kids with empathy while navigating threats from technological change and other forces 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.
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Love and empathy: the foundation for humanity.

This book would be a good read for anyone interested in understanding the crucial role empathy plays in our lives. It highlights how our human connections and relationships deeply affect our mental and physical health, and emphasizes the importance of empathy for building a healthy society. The book also provides practical suggestions for combating the negative influences of modern life and fostering positive social change. Overall, "Born for Love" is a thought-provoking and informative read for anyone interested in improving their own well-being and that of others around them.