Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential--And Endangered
Bruce Perry is both a world-class creative scientist and a compassionate therapist. --Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia Born for Love is th e definitive book on empathy. Renowned psychiatrist Bruce Perry has appeared on Oprah, CNN, National Public Radio's All Things Considered, and other programs as an expert in this hot area of neuroscience, and has been cited as such in Newsweek, the New York Times, and The New Yorker (in a story written by Malcolm Gladwell). He and co-writer Maia Szalavitz explore empathy's startling importance in human evolution and its significance for our children and our society. The authors of The Boy Who was Raised as a Dog present a powerful case that love is essential...and endangered.
From the Back Cover Uncover the startling importance of empathy From 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 remarkable ability to love and to share the feelings of others. In this unforgettable book, award-winning science journalist Maia Szalavitz and renowned child-psychiatrist Bruce D. Perry explain how empathy develops, why it is essential both to human happiness and for a functional society, and how it is threatened in the modern world.