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Title:
What makes a hero? : the surprising science of selflessness
Author:
Svoboda, Elizabeth.
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Publication Information:
New York, New York : Current, [2013]
Physical Description:
x, 225 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
"An entertaining investigation into the biology and psychology of why we sacrifice for other people. Researchers are now applying the lens of science to study heroism for the first time. How do biology, upbringing, and outside influences intersect to produce altruistic and heroic behavior? And how can we encourage this behavior in corporations, classrooms, and individuals? Using dozens of fascinating real-life examples, Elizabeth Svoboda explains how our genes compel us to do good for others, how going through suffering is linked to altruism, and how acting heroic can greatly improve your mental health. She also reveals the concrete things we can do to encourage our most heroic selves to step forward. It's a common misconception that heroes are innately predisposed to be selfless and altruistic. Svoboda shows why it's not simply a matter of biological hardwiring and how anyone can be a hero by tapping into the inherent qualities we all share."--
Language:
English
Contents:
Introduction: Can anyone become a hero? -- Theory. In the gene? ; The economics of unselfishness ; Mental blocks against heroism ; Inner focus and compassionate action ; Suffering and heroism ; Helping, health, and happiness ; The scientific search for altruism -- Practice. Heroes in training ; Corporate heroes ; Real-life superheroes ; Taking the hero challenge ; Cultivating a heroic life.
ISBN:
9781591845287
Format :
Book

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