What Makes a Hero?: The Surprising Science of Selflessness

What Makes a Hero?: The Surprising Science of Selflessness

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Paperback, Penguin Group USA, 2014, ISBN13 9781617230134, ISBN10 1617230138
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"An entertaining investigation into the biology and psychology of why we sacrifice for other people. Researchers are now applying the lens of science to study heroism for the first time. How do biology, upbringing, and outside influences intersect to produce altruistic and heroic behavior? And how can we encourage this behavior in corporations, classrooms, and individuals? Using dozens of fascinating real-life examples, Elizabeth Svoboda explains how our genes compel us to do good for others, how goingthrough suffering is linked to altruism, and how acting heroic can greatly improve your mental health. She also reveals the concrete things we can do to encourage our most heroic selves to step forward. It's a common misconception that heroes are innately predisposed to be selfless and altruistic. Svoboda shows why it's not simply a matter of biological hardwiring and how anyone can be a hero by tapping into the inherent qualities we all share."--

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"An entertaining investigation into the biology and psychology of why we sacrifice for other people. Researchers are now applying the lens of science to study heroism for the first time. How do biology, upbringing, and outside influences intersect to produce altruistic and heroic behavior? And how can we encourage this behavior in corporations, classrooms, and individuals? Using dozens of fascinating real-life examples, Elizabeth Svoboda explains how our genes compel us to do good for others, how goingthrough suffering is linked to altruism, and how acting heroic can greatly improve your mental health. She also reveals the concrete things we can do to encourage our most heroic selves to step forward. It's a common misconception that heroes are innately predisposed to be selfless and altruistic. Svoboda shows why it's not simply a matter of biological hardwiring and how anyone can be a hero by tapping into the inherent qualities we all share."--

Recent breakthroughs in biology and neuroscience reveal that the human brain is primed for selflessness. But how do biology, upbringing, and outside influences intersect to produce altruistic and heroic behavior? And how can we encourage selflessness in corporations, classrooms, and individuals?
Using dozens of fascinating real-life examples, science journalist Elizabeth Svoboda explains how our genes compel us to do good for others, how going through suffering is linked to altruism, and how acting generously can greatly improve our mental health.
Svoboda argues that it's a common misconception that heroes are innately destined to be that way. In fact, anyone can be a hero if they're committed to developing their heroic potential.

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Number of Pages: 225
Original Languages: English
Author: Svoboda, Elizabeth
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
ISBN-13: 9781617230134
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 5.50 x 8.50 x 0.50 Inches
ISBN-10: 1617230138
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