Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential–and Endangered (Paperback)

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.

In this provocative book, renowned child 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 it is threatened 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.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
ISBN: 9780061656798
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 281 g
Dimensions: 203 x 135 x 22 mm

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