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The war for kindness : building empathy in a fractured world, Jamil Zaki

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The war for kindness : building empathy in a fractured world
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The war for kindness
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building empathy in a fractured world
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Jamil Zaki
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eng
Summary
Empathy has been on people's mind a lot lately. Philosophers, evolutionary scientists and indeed former President Obama agree that an increase in empathy could advance us beyond the hatred, violence and polarization in which the world seems caught. Others disagree, arguing it is easiest to empathise with people who look, talk or think like us. As a result, empathy can inspire nepotism, racism and worse. Having studied the neuroscience and psychology of empathy for over a decade, Jamil Zaki thinks both sides of this debate have a point. Empathy is sometimes an engine for moral progress, and other times for moral failure. But Zaki also thinks that both sides are wrong about how empathy works. Both scientists and non-scientists commonly argue that empathy is something that happens to you, sort of like an emotional knee-jerk reflex. Second, they believe it happens more to some people than others. This lines people up along a spectrum, with deep empaths on one end and psychopaths on the other. What's more, wherever we are on that spectrum, we're stuck there. In THE WAR FOR KINDNESS, Zaki lays out a very different view of how empathy works, one that breaks these two assumptions. Empathy is not a reflex; it's a choice. We choose empathy (or apathy) constantly: when we read a tragic novel, or cross the street to avoid a homeless person, or ask a distraught friend what's the matter. This view has crucial consequences: if empathy is less a trait (like height), and more a skill (like being good at word games), then we can improve at it. By choosing it more often, we can flex our capabilities and grow more empathic over time. We can also "tune" empathy, ramping it up in situations where it will help and turning it down when it might backfire. Zaki takes us from the world of doctors who train medical students to empathise better to social workers who help each other survive empathising too much. From police trainers who help cadets avoid becoming violent cops to political advocates who ask white Americans to literally walk a (dusty) mile in Mexican immigrants' shoes. This book will give you a deepened understanding of how empathy works, how to control it and how to become the type of empathiser you want to be
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Empathy is in short supply. Isolation and tribalism are rampant. We struggle to understand people who aren’t like us, but find it easy to hate them. Studies show that we are less caring than we were even thirty years ago. In 2006, Barack Obama said that the United States is suffering from an “empathy deficit.” Since then, things only seem to have gotten worse. It doesn’t have to be this way. In this groundbreaking book, Jamil Zaki argues that empathy is not a fixed trait—something we’re born with or not—but rather a skill that we can all strengthen through effort
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10783774
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UKMGB
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1980-
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Zaki, Jamil
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152.41
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no index present
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non fiction
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True
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  • Kindness
  • Social psychology
  • Empathy
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adult
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building empathy in a fractured world
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The war for kindness : building empathy in a fractured world, Jamil Zaki
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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Contents
Introduction -- Chapter 1: The surprising mobility of human nature -- Chapter 2: Choosing empathy -- Chapter 3: Hatred versus contact -- Chapter 4: The stories we tell -- Chapter 5: Caring too much -- Chapter 6: Kind systems -- Chapter 7: The digital double edge -- Epilogue: The future of empathy -- Acknowledgments -- Appendix A: What is empathy? -- Appendix B: Evaluating the evidence -- Chapter claim ratings -- Notes -- Image credits -- Index
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000065280683
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24 cm.
Extent
261 pages
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9781472139337
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)1091688668
Label
The war for kindness : building empathy in a fractured world, Jamil Zaki
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
  • txt
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Chapter 1: The surprising mobility of human nature -- Chapter 2: Choosing empathy -- Chapter 3: Hatred versus contact -- Chapter 4: The stories we tell -- Chapter 5: Caring too much -- Chapter 6: Kind systems -- Chapter 7: The digital double edge -- Epilogue: The future of empathy -- Acknowledgments -- Appendix A: What is empathy? -- Appendix B: Evaluating the evidence -- Chapter claim ratings -- Notes -- Image credits -- Index
Control code
000065280683
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
261 pages
Isbn
9781472139337
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1091688668

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