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Virtual Library File - Compassion: Bridging Practice and Science

The Challenge

How can the communities of people around the globe be induced to become more caring, not just within the social groups from which they derive their identities, but also across these groups? As the w ...

How can the communities of people around the globe be induced to become more caring, not just within the social groups from which they derive their identities, but also across these groups? As the world's problems - from climate change to financial crises - become more global in reach, how can people's domain of altruism be extended accordingly? What concrete steps can be taken across countries and cultures to strengthen the bonds of cooperation and weaken the forces of conflict?

This book presents an almost complete, yet accessible summary about the findings of compassion research and how they can be translated into concrete applications to improve the quality of life in various domains. To this end, findings from the fields of psychology, Buddhism and evolutionary theory are presented and analyzed. Practical examples of the applications of these insights come from education, psychotherapy, coaching and care-giving. Moreover, the book features detailed instructions on how to train compassion with different programs that are directly ready to use.