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The Compassionate Instinct

The Science of Human Goodness

Dacher Keltner (Editor, University of California, Berkeley), Jason Marsh (Editor), Jeremy Adam Smith (Editor)

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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.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • January 2010
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33728-0
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 336 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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Endorsements & Reviews

“The short, accessible essays...underscore empathy, forgiveness, gratitude, happiness, trust, and apology.... A readable digest of current work in positive psychology for a general audience.” — E. James Lieberman, Library Journal

“[T]his collection stimulates serious reflection.” — Booklist

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