Jamil Zaki, a professor of psychology at Stanford University and the director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab, shares cutting-edge research, including experiments from his own lab as a professor of psychology at Stanford University, showing that empathy is not a fixed trait-something we're born with or not -- but rather a skill that can be strengthened through effort. He is the author of the new book, The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World.
"Lucid, stimulating . . . [ The War for Kindness aims] to challenge antiquated views of the brain and human behavior. . . . Zaki issues a call for concerted action to build empathy in a world he sees as fractured and threatened by escalating tribalism, cruelty, and isolation." --The American Scholar
"Zaki is a compelling writer, and even an android could not help but respond to his prose. . . . Zaki's goals go beyond sharing the science of empathy with the masses. He hopes to inspire people to actually practice more kindness in their lives." --Science
"Zaki's heart-of-the-matter writing style relates complex emotion in clear, direct language. He walks his own fine line, between significant research findings and his personal emotional and empathic responses. His research and his book are worthy." --Booklist
"With alarming evidence of our society's rapidly diminishing empathy, Zaki draws on decades of clinical research, along with experiments conducted at his lab, to consider the forces that impact our modern condition . . . an urgent message." -- Kirkus Reviews
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“In this masterpiece, Jamil Zaki weaves together the very latest science with stories that will stay in your heart forever.”—Angela Duckworth, author of Grit