Compassion: Concepts, Research and Applications
Paul Gilbert brings together an international line-up of leading scholars and researchers in the field to provide a state-of-the-art exploration of key areas in compassion research and applications. Compassion can be seen as a core element of prosocial behaviour, and explorations of the concepts and value of compassion have been extended into different aspects of life including physical and psychological therapies, schools, leadership and business.
While many animals share abilities to be distress sensitive and caring of others, it is our newly evolved socially intelligent abilities that make us capable of knowingly and deliberately helping others and purposely developing skills and wisdom to do so. This book generates many research questions whilst exploring the similarity and differences of human compassion to non-human caring and looks at how compassion changes the brain and body, affects genetic expression, manifests at a young age and is then cultivated (or not) by the social environment.
Compassion: Concepts, Research and Applications will be essential reading for professionals, researchers and scholars interested in compassion and its applications in psychology and psychotherapy.
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Prehistoric origins the compassion of far distant strangers
Compassion as a social mentality an evolutionary approach
Mindfulness and compassion similarities and differences
Compassion and its physiologies
The body of compassion
The psychobiological foundation of prosocial relationships the role of oxytocin in daily social exchanges
Compassion in the autonomic nervous system the role of the vagus nerve
Compassion and relationships
Evolution child raising and compassionate morality
An attachment perspective on compassion and altruism
Broadenandbuild theory meets interpersonal neurobiology as a lens on compassion and positivity resonance
Positive leadership power and compassion
Compassionate leadership for compassionate health care
The emergence of the compassion focused therapies