Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential--and Endangered Paperback – 20 Jun 2011
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“Empathy, and the ties that bind people into relationships, are key elements of happiness. Born for Love is truly fascinating.” (Gretchen Rubin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project)
“Once in awhile a book changes the way I experience the world. This time it’s Born For Love, by Bruce D. Perry and Maia Szalavitz. Their book explores how children learn to love-or not. No work of fiction is as compelling.” (Denver Post)
“An accessible and important work of popular science.” (BigThink.com)
“Strikingly original and thought-provoking, Born for Love explores the crucially important role empathy plays in all of our lives. It should be required reading for every parent, partner, and friend.” (Annie Murphy Paul, author of Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives)
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Uncover the startling importance of empathy
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 remarkable ability to love and to share the feelings of others.
In this unforgettable book, award-winning science journalist Maia Szalavitz and renowned child-psychiatrist Bruce D. Perry explain how empathy develops, why it is essential both to human happiness and for a functional society, and how it is threatened in the modern world.See all Product description
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It is articulately written and well organised, with well explained and appropriate case studies. And a good balance between the necessary touchy-feely and the mechanics of empathy and related matters. I strongly feel that the potential audience is large - including those who are aware how un-empathic they are, for being so may not be the best for their health. I personally plan to reread it in order to better absorb the many concepts and details offered.
Amongst the many I could mention a few of note...
Mention was made of Irish travellers in a manner probably/possibly unlawful in the UK – see..
Page 98 “Some – but by no means all – Traveler groups are essentially organised crime families “ (Imaging the editor's reaction had it read “..WASP American groups are essentially organised crime families”).
Pp 110-111 “In one criminal Traveler group, for example, a woman devised a scan to rip off Disney....”
Page 262 they contrast Iceland's prison population with America's (much, much bigger) & whilst strictly correct “..less that half a percent”.. should one suspect's have read “.. less than half of one-tenth of a percent...”.
But, overall, an excellent book, recommended.
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