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The Good Life: Wellbeing and the New Science of Altruism, Selfishness and Immorality

by Graham Music


OVERVIEW
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.

Using fascinating psychological research but rooted in a clinicians understanding of the impact of stress on our moral and pro-social capacities, The Good Life covers topics as diverse as:
  • The role of parenting and family life in shaping how antisocial or pro-social we become
  • How stress, abuse and insecure attachment profoundly undermine empathic and altruistic capacities
  • The relative influence of our genes or environments on becoming big-hearted or coldly psychopathic
  • How our immediate contexts and recent social changes might tilt us towards either selfish or cooperative behaviour
This book makes a unique contribution to a subject that is increasingly on people’s minds It does not shirk complexity, nor suggest easy explanations, but offers a hard look at the evidence in the hope that we can gain some understanding of how a ‘Good Life’ might develop. Often personally challenging, intellectually exhilarating and written with in an easily accessible style, The Good Life makes sense of how our moral selves take shape, and shines a light on the roots of goodness and nastiness.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Graham Music is a Consultant Child Psychotherapist and Associate Clinical Director at the Tavistock Clinic in London. His main clinical interests are in developing services in community settings such as schools, and in working with children who are Looked after or adopted, and the adults in their lives. He teaches on many courses and trainings in Britain, and abroad, is on the editorial board of the child psychotherapy journal and has published particularly on the interface of developmental research and therapeutic practice. He is also an adult psychotherapist working in private practice.


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Friday 19 June 2015
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BOOK DETAILS

Publisher: Routledge
Published: 2014
Cover: Paperback
Pages: 208
Category: Individual Psychotherapy
Category 2: Child and Adolescent Studies
Catalogue No: 35203
ISBN 13: 9781848722279
ISBN 10: 1848722273
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