The Compassion Switch

The Compassion Switch

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When compassion is missing in our relationships with others, we are capable of horrific acts toward one another. The Compassion Switch shows how attempts at interpersonal control switch off our compassion. This leads otherwise "good" people to do horrific things. But at the same time the book shows us that we human beings can be much better than we think. The book traces control, on a community-wide basis, to the functioning of gossip as a way of keeping each other in line. This leads to horrific acts by the community itself toward "outsiders." This method of community control bleeds over into self-gossip by community members which expresses itself self-destructively as depression and willingness to hurt oneself. The book reveals how certain areas of modern psychology have been complicit in furthering the ideal of control and an ethics of self-blame. Persons who belong to and live in control groups, from small cliques to obedience-centered versions of their religions, feed on the notion of complete and absolute determinism, a view that is still present in the psychology of radical behaviorism. The book shows us how to walk away from a control oriented life and live more voluntarily and still maintain what it terms "good-enough freedom" along with "good-enough control."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 270 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 15.49mm | 471.73g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1508419728
  • 9781508419723
  • 2,429,963

About Carl Semmelroth Phd

Dr. Carl Semmelroth's interests span both philosophy and psychology. Among recognitions he has received, he is proudest of a "Civie" which he received in 2004 from Americans for More Civility for speaking out against violence in sports. His four books on anger have been well received in the US and are also published in several foreign languages including Arabic in Saudi Arabia and Indonesian in the Far East. Carl served as an expert on child discipline for answering readers' questions. He has been in full time private practice as a psychologist since 1975, after resigning a tenured professorship at Cleveland State University. He received his doctorate in psychology (personality and developmental) from The University of Michigan in 1969 after an BA and MA in philosophy there. His philosophical training was in logic, ethics, and metaphysics. In psychology, Carl's training, research, and clinical interests (and publications) span basic perception issues, reading and language, study skills, sensory and measurement issues in color science and vision in general, psychopathology, personality theory, clinical issues in hospitalization, college teaching, and child more