The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness

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

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.

Top review customers have said:

“This is excellent material for people who have forgotten what our true purpose and potential is as humans. In a world so influenced by fear, this information is excellent for challenging the cultural programming that buries our instinct for compassionate choices and behaviors with the distortions, deletions, and generalizations our minds can deliver. An easy read, excellent for book studies and stimulating discussions”

-Janet Florence McCormak

The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness was published by W. W. Norton & Company (January 4, 2010).

 

This review was originally published on Amazon.com.

 

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