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...Show More
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.
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
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
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
- The Purpose of Counselling and Psychotherapy Michael Bennett
- Short-term Psychotherapy Alex Coren
- Supervision in Counselling and Psychotherapy Liz Omand
- A Research Guide for Health and Clinical Psychology Martin Dempster
- Counselling and Psychotherapy with Older People Paul Terry
- Rethinking ADHD Sami Timimi, Jonathan Leo
- Counselling and Psychotherapy for Families in Times of Illness and Death Jenny Altschuler
- Mastering Counselling Skills Jennie Lindon
- The Myth of Autism Sami Timimi, Neil Gardner, Brian McCabe
- Psychiatric Drugs Jim Read
- Counselling in Health Care Settings Robert Bor, Riva Miller, Sheila Gill
- Short-Term Psychotherapy Alex Coren