“… humans have evolved into empathetic creatures (and not only humans, but also primates, elephants, even rodents).”
“Empathy is a key concept in mental healthcare and the creation of a wellbeing society that fosters good mental health.
Hence the relevance of “The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society“, written by biologist and primatologist Dr Frans de Waal.
The publishers say:
“Empathy holds communities together, and humans have evolved into empathetic creatures (and not only humans, but also primates, elephants, even rodents). Humans are hardwired to be altruistic, the result of thousands of years of evolutionary biology that has kept society from slipping into anarchy.
It is often assumed that humans are inherently selfish but can an understanding of the role of empathy in evolution help to develop a society based on a more generous view of human nature?
… Frans de Waal concentrates on how empathy creates a sense of social responsibility and moral reasoning that is a force for good in society.
… In this thought-provoking book Frans de Waal examines how empathy comes naturally to a wide range of animals, including humans. Social behaviour in animals, the herding instinct, bonding rituals, expressions of consolation, even conflict resolution, demonstrates that animals are designed to feel for each other. From chimpanzees caring for mates that have been wounded by leopards, elephants reassuring youngsters in distress to dolphins preventing sick companions from drowning The Age of Empathy demonstrates that animals are guided by cooperation …”
Find out more here.
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