Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential—and Endangered by renowned child psychiatrist Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. and award-winning science journalist Maia Szalavitz is a key title for child development classes.
This provocative book combines Perry’s original research and stories from his practice with cutting-edge scientific studies and historical examples to explain how empathy develops, why it is essential for our development into healthy adults, and how it is threatened in the modern world.
Born for Love proclaims that compassion underlies the qualities that make society work—trust, altruism, collaboration, love, charity—and relates how difficulties related to empathy are key factors in social problems such as war, crime, racism, and mental illness. Even physical health, from infectious diseases to heart attacks, is deeply affected by our human connections to one another.
Praise for Born for Love:
“Facebook. Daycare. Economic inequality. All these trends are endangering empathy. Building off of case studies from Perry’s psychiatric practice, Perry and Szalavitz trace the antecedents and repercussions of (dis)connection, from mother-infant bonding through national financial meltdown.”—Psychology Today