Empathy: What it is and why it Matters

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Macmillan International Higher Education, 19‏/11‏/2012 - 248 من الصفحات
Empathy is profoundly important for understanding people's feelings and behaviour. It is not only an essential skill in conducting successful personal and working relationships, it also helps us understand what makes people moral and societies decent.

With this compelling book, David Howe invites the reader on an illuminating journey of discovery into how empathy was first conceptualised and how its influence has steadily risen and spread. He captures the growing significance of empathy to many fields, from evolutionary psychology and brain science to moral philosophy and mental health. In doing so, he eloquently explains its importance to child development, intimate relationships, therapy, the creative arts, neurology and ethics.

Written with light touch, this is an authoritative and insightful guide to empathy, its importance, why we have it and how it develops. It offers an invaluable introduction for readers everywhere, including those studying or working in psychology, counselling, psychotherapy, social work, health, nursing and education.
 

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1 Introducing Empathy
1
2 Origins and Definitions
6
3 The Evolution of the Empathic Mind
20
4 How Children Develop Empathy
31
5 The Empathic Brain
46
6 Individual Differences in Empathy Levels
63
7 When Empathy Is Absent or Low
74
8 Psychopathy and Borderline Personality Disorder
88
11 Why Empathy Works
136
12 Empathy Morals and Prosocial Behaviour
147
13 Promoting Empathy in Children
161
14 Promoting Empathy in Adults
172
Empathy and Social Cohesion
186
16 Human Being
198
Bibliography
205
Subject Index
229

9 Social Perspectives and Client Experiences
101
10 Empathic Communication and Helping Relationships
116

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DAVID HOWE OBE is currently an Emeritus Professor in the School of Social Work and Psychology at UEA. His research and writing interests span social work theory, adoption, emotional intelligence, attachment theory, and child abuse and neglect. To date, he has written 17 books, many of them regarded as best-sellers.

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