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    DescriptionFrom birth, when babies' fingers instinctively cling to those of adults, their bodies and brains seek an intimate connection, a bond made possible by empathy-the ability to love and to share the feelings of others. 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.


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    Title
    Born for Love
    Subtitle
    Why Empathy is Essential--and Endangered
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bruce D. Perry
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780061656798
    ISBN 10: 0061656798
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PSY
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.3
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/FAMILY
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27210
    Ingram Subject Code: PS
    LC classification: BF
    B&T General Subject: 670
    BISAC V2.8: PSY031000
    DC22: 152.41
    BISAC V2.8: FAM034000
    BIC subject category V2: JMQ
    B&T Approval Code: A97242400
    BISAC V2.8: PSY013000
    B&T Approval Code: A11330000, A11440000
    BISAC V2.8: PSY004000
    Abridged Dewey: 155
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FAM029000
    Thema V1.0: VFX, JMQ
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers Inc
    Imprint name
    HarperPaperbacks
    Publication date
    05 May 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Bruce D. Perry , M.D., Ph.D., is the senior fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy (www.ChildTrauma.org), a not-for-profit organization based in Houston that is dedicated to improving the lives of high-risk children, and he is an adjunct professor of psychiatry at the Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago. He is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children.
    Review quote
    "An accessible and important work of popular science."--BigThink.com