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A Stanford psychologist offers a bold new understanding of empathy, and shows how we can expand our circle of care, even in these divisive times Empathy is in short supply. Isolation and tribalism are rampant. We struggle to understand people who aren't like us, but find it easy to hate them. Studies show that we are less caring than we were even thirty years ago. In 2006, Barack Obama said that the United States is suffering from an "empathy deficit." Since then, things only seem to have gotten worse. It doesn't have to be this way. In this groundbreaking book, Jamil Zaki argues that empathy is not a fixed trait - something we're born with or not - but rather a skill that we can all strengthen through effort. Drawing on both classic and cutting-edge research, including experiments from his own lab, Zaki shows how we can harness this new mindset to overcome toxic cultural divisions.



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Jamil Zaki

I'm a professor of psychology at Stanford University, where I direct the Stanford Social Neuroscience Laboratory. For the last fifteen years, I've been obsessed with a few questions: how do people connect with each other, how do those connections help us, and can we learn to connect better? I've spent my career in the wonderful world of empathy science, but also have a past life as a frustrated novelist. Together, this has led me towards a passion for not only doing research, but communicating ideas about empathy, kindness, and generosity as widely as I can.



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