Dimensions:9.42in x 6.32 x 0.88 in | 1.01 lb
Page Count:272 pages
Illustrations:6-7 CHARTS & PHOTOS
A RADICAL NEW THEORY: We’ve seen books about empathy, but Zaki’s theory is revolutionary. It’s in line with new research on personality and intelligence (think Carol Dweck’s bestselling Mindset), which we now realize are also far more malleable than we thought.
EMPATHY DEFICIT: This is widely seen as the root of America’s most pressing political issues. And it’s real: 75% of college freshmen in 2009 reported being less empathetic than the average freshman in 1979. From poverty and race to immigration, gun control, and LGBTQ rights, Zaki’s call to share in the emotions and experiences of others is the key to mending our social fabric.
A BETTER WAY TO LIVE: Zaki shows that empathy is not a genetically predetermined trait, but a skill we can learn. The benefits are huge: Empathetic people are happier, more successful at work, and less stressed, and they attract more friends.
RISING STAR: Zaki is a talented and connected new voice in the psychology world. His fans and collaborators include Carol Dweck, Daniel Gilbert, Steven Pinker, and other top researchers.
DIALING DOWN EMPATHY: Some people, especially those in caring professions such as teaching, social work, therapy, and nursing, need to regulate their empathy to avoid burnout and emotional hardening. Zaki shows how over-empathizers can show concern without taking on others’ distress.
“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
“Jamil Zaki is one of the brightest lights in psychology, and in this gripping book he shows that kindness is not a sign of weakness but a source of strength.”—Adam Grant, author of Give and Take and Originals
“Beautifully written and deeply felt, The War for Kindness is an outstanding scientific analysis of our species’ best and last hope for survival—our unique ability to care about each other.”—Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness
“A beautifully written, uplifting, scientifically impeccable book.”—Robert Sapolsky, author of Behave
“Seamlessly stitching together his own experiences with fascinating stories and research from around the globe, Jamil lays out the irrefutable evidence for what we may already instinctively be sensing . . . that in these uncertain times, our ability to cultivate empathy for one another is not only possible, it’s necessary. A must read for anyone willing to peek under the hood of the human heart.”—Amanda Palmer