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The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness

The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

Edited by Keltner, Dacher
Edited by Marsh, Jason
Edited by Smith, Jeremy Adam

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Leading scientists and science writers reflect on the life-changing, perspective-changing, new science of human goodness.

ISBN 9780393337280
Barcode 9780393337280
Published 4 January 2010 by WW Norton & Co
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks

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ISBN-13 9780393337280
ISBN-10 0393337286
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Imprint WW Norton & Co
Publication Date 4 January 2010
International Publication Date 1 January 2010
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) Edited by Keltner, Dacher
Edited by Marsh, Jason
Edited by Smith, Jeremy Adam
Category The Self, Ego, Identity, Personality
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 211mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 260g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Interpersonal relations, Helping behavior, Altruism, Compassion
NBS Text Psychology: Professional & General
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 155.232
Catalogue Code 86048

Description of this Book

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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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review The short, accessible essays...underscore empathy, forgiveness, gratitude, happiness, trust, and apology.... A readable digest of current work in positive psychology for a general audience.--E. James Lieberman

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Author's Bio

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 21 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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