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Macmillan Higher Education

Empathy

What it is and why it matters

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Palgrave

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Paperback - 9781137276421

24 December 2012

$29.99

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Ebook - 9781137276438

19 November 2012

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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...

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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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Intrinsically appealing subject matter, of relevance across a range of academic and professional training courses and a large number areas of professional intervention, as well as useful to lay readers (carers, parents, volunteers, etc.)?


Distils the latest thinking and research into a short readable format, which doesn't assume a high level of prior knowledge

Acknowledgements
Introducing Empathy
Origins and Definitions
The Evolution of the Empathic Mind
How Children Develop Empathy
The Empathic Brain
Individual Differences in Empathy Levels
When Empathy is Absent or Low
Psychopathy and Borderline Personality Disorder
Social Perspectives and Client Experiences
Empathic Communication and Helping Relationships
Why Empathy Works
Empathy, Morals and Prosocial Behaviour
Promoting Empathy in Children
Promoting Empathy in Adults
Living Well Together: Empathy and Social Cohesion
Being Human.

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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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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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