Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life Hardcover – 10 Feb 2009
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"Starred Review. A landmark book in the science of emotion and its implications for ethics and human universals, this is essential for all libraries." -- Library Journal
About the Author
* DACHER KELTNER is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, director of the Greater Good Science Center and co-editor of Greater Good magazine. His research focuses on pro-social emotions, power and moral reasoning.
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A comprehensive account of the emotions of love, compassion, and awe
on 8 June 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
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This book includes a breadth of examples from many cultures, art, and literature from the time of the Greeks to the modern period on the meaning of facial expressions and the effects of neuropeptides on the emotions that makes it easy and engaging to read. The focus is on the jen ratio (the balance of good and bad in one's life). The notes are invaluable for further reading on the smile, embarrassment, laughter, touch, and love among animals and humans, showing the common threads that link all of us.
on 10 August 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
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Would highly recommend. Physically, the book was sent to me in perfect condition. Inside the pages are pure gold. It taught me a lot of interesting facts and studies on the theories of the human mind and ponders the question of morality and if we as humans are inherently good.
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Psychology and Sociology come together
on 20 October 2009 - Published on Amazon.com
Keltner has done a masterful job of showing us how socialization really works. We are not entirely a blank slate and not entirely not one. We have a hard-wired capacity to learn language, pretty much everyone knows this by now, but we also have a hard-wired capacity to create community solidarity, and culture. We are far more inclined to attach and bond than to fight -- within our small community, at least. Keltner nails down exactly how this manifests bio-chemically. How the rational part of our brain develops, and can only develop, through social interaction, how it produces chemical rewards when we get it right, and how incredibly adaptive to our environment this makes us. He hints at, but does not quite explore the idea that when one community dominates and exploits another (where "others" are concerned, the drive to bond competes about equally with the drive to out-survive -- another theme Kelter hints at and might have explored in more depth), the dominators may quite cleverly institute policies that disrupt community connectivity among the dominated. For example, Puritans proscriptions against hugging, kissing, dancing and singing surely enhanced the ability of controlling elites to manage somewhat demoralized masses. But the book including this kind of speculation, and many others implied by recent discoveries in attachment and brain plasticity research remains to be written. Maybe Kelter will do it
on 3 October 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
Still reading it
A Great Read and Act
on 18 April 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
On my top reads list.