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The Empathy Instinct: How to Create a More Civil Society

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  11 reviews
'If we hope to meet the moral test of our times, then I think we're going to have to talk more about the "empathy deficit". The ability to put ourselves in somebody else's shoes, to see the world through somebody else's eyes . . .' Barack Obama

Empathy is the power of understanding others, imaginatively entering into their feelings. It is a fundamental human attribute, with
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Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: October 22nd 2019 by John Murray (first published January 26th 2017)
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Sarah
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A fascinating and thought provoking study of empathy based on the latest neuroscientific research. At a time when we really need to develop a more civil and understanding society, this book offers challenges to everyone, but particularly parents, carers, teachers and those working in the NHS and the judiciary, to consider how today’s society is eroding our powers of empathy and what we can do to counteract this. A very challenging, yet hopeful read.
Claire O'Sullivan
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A great whistle stop tour of current publications and research. Would've liked more critical discussion, but a relatively easy read
Louise
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The message is important but the delivery isn't great. Ideas aren't fully explored and feels superficial
James
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: society
This was well researched, largely well-argued and an easy read, but fell into the Liberal trap of celebrating diversity and the difference between individuals, before choosing a trait that makes us 'more human' - which in this case was outright hypocritical given the earlier criticism of dehumanisation.

I did find it interesting, if a bit repetitive by the end, and it did a good job of bring lots of ifferent research findings into one coherent book. While not exactly neutral, it was balanced, ack
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Yurie
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book engages with empathy from all sorts of fields of study; science, social science and arts and humanities. It brings together the research of many people and gives you a big picture of what is being explored concerning empathy. The book is greatly optimistic and the last chapter, "A Charter for Empathy" is inspiring. The reference system used confuses me a bit though, so I rate it somewhere between a 3 and 4 star. But even if some things seem too good to be true (such as, reading can prol ...more
Kotryna
Dec 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
I mistook a bright cover, a perfect placing of the book in a bookshop window, and a trending keyword in the title for a content. The title seemed promising and the issue – urgently relevant. However, the only reason I managed to finish reading this mix of half-essays by a Sir-Ken–Robinson–wanna–be is my severe unfinished book guilt syndrome. I fell asleep more than a few times while burning time on this blunder of words and author's superficial attempt to grasp everything from Holocaust to autis ...more
Nuno Gomes
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love the thought provoking tone and spirit of this book. Special messages to parents, policy makers, teaching staff and business leaders. Surprised to see how much scientific body of knowledge has evolved in this space and curious to learn a bit more about it. Hard to see some of the points in the suggested charter evolve at the required pace to really make a difference, especially here in Latin America!
Shishir
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Empathy is part of the problem as well as part of the solution - By nature we are tribal for survival and yet we have a degree of inbuilt empathy - By nurture we can learn to be compassionate / compassionate depending on our upbringing and circumstances - Many issues discussed such as role of parenting education and technology and its effects on institutions of Health Justice. The role of Arts and story telling in enlightening the human race to the value of empathy for all
Rekha O'Sullivan
Everyone needs to read this book. That's it.
Rob
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Really interesting - lots of food for thought.
Alexandra
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
A tad thin at times. A fine set up but lacking. Best section is on prison reform.
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