Dacher Keltner (PhD in Social Psychology, Stanford University) has worked with Paul Ekman, and is now a professor in U.C. Berkeley’s Psychology Department.
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In Born to Be Good, Dacher Keltner demonstrates that humans are not hardwired to lead lives that are “nasty, brutish, and short” – we are in fact born to be good.
He investigates an old mystery of human evolution: why have we evolved positive emotions like gratitude, amusement, awe, and compassion that promote ethical action and are the fabric of cooperative societies?
By combining stories of scientific discovery, personal narrative, and Eastern philosophy, Keltner illustrates his discussions with more than fifty photographs of human emotions. Born to Be Good is a profound study of how emotion is the key to living the good life and how the path to happiness goes through human emotions that connect people to one another.
Keltner comments in the following interview:
“Well, I think what social intelligence means … And it really is an extension of Danny Goldman’s groundbreaking ideas, that I am sure your listeners have tracked on emotional intelligence.
“What Goldman argued, is emotional intelligence is our ability to understand other people’s emotions, to understand our own emotions, and to put these wonderful things that I’ve devoted my life to studying, the emotions, to good use in our decisions and our relationships, because they are such essential components of our relationships.
“Then social intelligence is just broadening out a bit and saying, you know, we can be wise to our emotions and other people’s emotions.”
From his Shrink Rap Radio podcast interview :
Happiness and Health with Dacher Keltner
Dacher’s research focuses on two time-honored questions. A first is the biological and evolutionary origins of human goodness, with a special concentration on compassion, awe, love, and beauty. A second is the study of power, status and social class, and the nature of moral intuitions.
Among other events, he did a Greater Good Science Center seminar in Los Angeles on 9/10/09 with Sonja Lyubomirsky, “Why to Be Good, How to Be Happy.”
Understanding Emotions by Dacher Keltner, Keith Oatley, Jennifer M. Jenkins.
Programs, books, articles and sites to improve your emotional wellbeing.