Empathy Why it matters, and how to get it

Roman Krznaric

Book - 2014

A popular speaker and co-founder of The School of Life, Roman Krznaric has traveled the world researching and lecturing on the subject of empathy. In this lively and engaging book, he argues that our brains are wired for social connection. Empathy, not apathy or self-centeredness, is at the heart of who we are. By looking outward and attempting to identify with the experiences of others, Krznaric argues, we can become not only a more equal society, but also a happier and more creative one. Throu...gh encounters with groundbreaking actors, activists, designers, nurses, bankers and neuroscientists, Krznaric defines a new breed of adventurer. He presents the six life-enhancing habits of highly empathic people, whose skills enable them to connect with others in extraordinary ways--making themselves, and the world, more truly fulfilled.

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Published
New York, New York : A Perigee Book 2014.
Edition
First American edition
Language
English
Physical Description
xxx, 242 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9780399171390
0399171398
Main Author
Roman Krznaric (author)
  • The radical power of empathy
  • Habit 1. Switch on your empathic brain
  • Habit 2. Make the imaginative leap
  • Habit 3. Seek experiential adventures
  • Habit 4. Practice the craft of conversation
  • Habit 5. Travel in your armchair
  • Habit 6. Inspire a revolution
  • The future of empathy.
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Here Krznaric (How Should We Live? Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life; How To Find Fulfilling Work) offers another key to a happier self and a better world—the ability to see life through the eyes of others. He considers empathy as the core of being human and presents six habits of highly empathic people as a way for readers to expand their potential in this area. These practices include making a conscious effort to step into another's shoes—exploring lives and cultures that contrast with one's own, understanding the viewpoint of one's "enemies," and inspiring an empathy revolution to produce social change. VERDICT Just browsing through this book will give readers an excellent reminder of their link to humanity. [Page 61]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A cultural thinker, popular speaker and co-founder of The School of Life—drawing on encounters with actors, activists, designers, nurses, bankers and neuroscientists—presents the six life-enhancing habits of highly empathic people, enabling readers to lead more fulfilling lives. 35,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Looks at the emotion of empathy, arguing that people are wired for social connection and that they can create a more equal, happy society by becoming more empathic.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Discover the Six Habits of Highly Empathic PeopleA popular speaker and co-founder of The School of Life, Roman Krznaric has traveled the world researching and lecturing on the subject of empathy. In this lively and engaging book, he argues that our brains are wired for social connection. Empathy, not apathy or self-centeredness, is at the heart of who we are. By looking outward and attempting to identify with the experiences of others, Krznaric argues, we can become not only a more equal society, but also a happier and more creative one.Through encounters with groundbreaking actors, activists, designers, nurses, bankers and neuroscientists, Krznaric defines a new breed of adventurer. He presents the six life-enhancing habits of highly empathic people, whose skills enable them to connect with others in extraordinary ways ' making themselves, and the world, more truly fulfilled.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Discover the Six Habits of Highly Empathic PeopleA popular speaker and co-founder of The School of Life, Roman Krznaric has traveled the world researching and lecturing on the subject of empathy. In this lively and engaging book, he argues that our brains are wired for social connection. Empathy, not apathy or self-centeredness, is at the heart of who we are. By looking outward and attempting to identify with the experiences of others, Krznaric argues, we can become not only a more equal society, but also a happier and more creative one.Through encounters with groundbreaking actors, activists, designers, nurses, bankers and neuroscientists, Krznaric defines a new breed of adventurer. He presents the six life-enhancing habits of highly empathic people, whose skills enable them to connect with others in extraordinary ways – making themselves, and the world, more truly fulfilled.