The Compassionate Brain: How Empathy Creates Intelligence (Paperback)

How Empathy Creates Intelligence

By Gerald Huther

Trumpeter, 9781590303306, 152pp.

Publication Date: June 13, 2006



Here is the ultimate explanation of the brain for everyone who thinks: a guide to how the brain works, how our brains came to operate the way they do, and, most important, how to use your precious gray matter to its full capacity.
The brain, according to current research, is not some kind of automatic machine that works independently of its user. In fact, the circuitry of the brain actually changes according to how one uses it. Our brains are continuously developing new capacities and refinements or losing them, depending upon how we use them. Gerald Huther takes us on a fascinating tour of the brain's development from one-celled organisms to worms, moles, apes, and on to us humans showing how we truly are what we think: our behavior directly affects our brain capacity. And the behavior that promotes the fullest development of the brain is behavior that balances emotion and intellect, dependence and autonomy, openness and focus, and ultimately expresses itself in such virtues as truthfulness, considerateness, sincerity, humility, and love.
Huther's user's-manual approach is humorous and engaging, with a minimum of technical language, yet the book's message is profound: the fundamental nature of our brains and nervous systems naturally leads to our continued growth in intelligence and humanity.

About the Author

Gerald Huther, PhD, is the head of the Department of Fundamental Neurobiological Research at the psychiatric clinic of Gottingen, Germany. His research concerns the effects of fear, stress, psychological addiction, and nourishment on the brain. The Compassionate Brain: How Empathy Creates Intelligence was the first of his numerous books to appear in English.

Praise For The Compassionate Brain: How Empathy Creates Intelligence

The Compassionate Brain presents readers with a ‘user’s-manual’ for the brain, an evolutionary overview of its development and role in human culture, and a heartfelt plea for its intelligent and merciful use.  This is the first of Hüther’s books to be translated into English.  Let’s hope this fascinating and provocative treatise is not his last.” —Body and Soul