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|Description:||xii, 240 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm|
|Contents:||Explaining "evil" and human cruelty --
The empathy mechanism : the bell curve --
When zero degrees of empathy is negative --
When zero degrees of empathy is positive --
The empathy gene --
Reflections on human cruelty --
Appendixes: 1. The empathy quotient (EQ) --
Appendix: 2. How to spot zero degrees of empathy (negative).
"Borderline personality disorder, autism, narcissism, psychosis, Asperger's: All of these syndromes have one thing in common--lack of empathy. In some cases, this absence can be dangerous, but in others it can simply mean a different way of seeing the world. In The Science of Evil Simon Baron-Cohen, an award-winning British researcher who has investigated psychology and autism for decades, develops a new brain-based theory of human cruelty. A true psychologist, however, he examines social and environmental factors that can erode empathy, including neglect and abuse. Based largely on Baron-Cohen's own research, The Science of Evil will change the way we understand and treat human cruelty"--Provided by publisher.
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