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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education


What it is and why it matters

ISBN 9781137276421
Publication Date December 2012
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Empathy is key to good relationships. In its absence, behaviour becomes puzzling, even dangerous. David Howe's fascinating new book examines what empathy is, why we have it and how it develops. He explores the important part empathy plays in child development and therapeutic work as well as its significance for how society organises itself.

DAVID HOWE OBE is currently an Emeritus Professor in the School of Social Work and Psychology at UEA. His research and writing interests span social work theory, adoption, emotional intelligence, attachment theory, and child abuse and neglect. To date, he has written 17 books, many of them regarded as best-sellers.

Introducing Empathy
Origins and Definitions
The Evolution of the Empathic Mind
How Children Develop Empathy
The Empathic Brain
Individual Differences in Empathy Levels
When Empathy is Absent or Low
Psychopathy and Borderline Personality Disorder
Social Perspectives and Client Experiences
Empathic Communication and Helping Relationships
Why Empathy Works
Empathy, Morals and Prosocial Behaviour
Promoting Empathy in Children
Promoting Empathy in Adults
Living Well Together: Empathy and Social Cohesion
Being Human


A fascinating, well-written and wide-ranging exploration of the concept of empathy' - Professor Ernesto Spinelli, author of Practising Existential Psychotherapy
'Throughout this highly accessible book, David Howe communicates complex subjects with magisterial clarity and ease.' - Bernard R Moss, Emeritus Professor of Social Work Education and Spirituality, Staffordshire University
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