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The good life : wellbeing and the new science of altruism, selfishness and immorality

Author: Graham Music
Publisher: Hove : Routledge, 2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Are we born selfish or primed to help others?Does stress make people more antisocial?Can we ever be genuinely altruistic?This book explores some of the dilemmas at the heart of being human. Integrating cutting edge studies with in-depth clinical experience, Graham Music synthesizes a wealth of fascinating research into an explanation of altruism, cooperation and generosity and shows how we are primed to turn off the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Graham Music
ISBN: 9781848722262 1848722265 9781848722279 1848722273
OCLC Number: 900420353
Notes: Introduction. Primed for goodness. Attachments and helping others. How empath and altruism grow. Why stress can make us nasty. Impulsiveness, self-regulation and aggression. Cold aggression, callousness and psychopaths. A battle between emotion and reason. Hormones of cooperation and competition. Evolved to both cooperate and compete. Moral games. Group minded and narrow minded. Reputations, shaming, gossip and punishment. Consumerism, society and our divided brain. Conclusions
Description: xii, 243 s
Contents: Introduction. Primed for goodness. Attachments and helping others. How empathy and altruism grow. Why stress can make us nasty. Impulsiveness, self-regulation and aggression. Cold aggression, callousness and psychopaths. A battle between emotion and reason. Hormones of cooperation and competition. Evolved to both cooperate and compete. Moral games. Group minded and narrow minded. Reputations, shaming, gossip and punishment. Consumerism, society and our divided brain. Conclusions.
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Are we born selfish or primed to help others?Does stress make people more antisocial?Can we ever be genuinely altruistic?This book explores some of the dilemmas at the heart of being human. Integrating cutting edge studies with in-depth clinical experience, Graham Music synthesizes a wealth of fascinating research into an explanation of altruism, cooperation and generosity and shows how we are primed to turn off the ' better angels of our nature' in the face of stress, anxiety and fear. Focusing on psychological research and its.

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