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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michele Borba Narrator: Michele Borba, Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2016 ISBN: 9781508218135
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Bestselling author Michele Borba offers a nine-step program to help parents cultivate empathy in children, from birth to young adulthood—and explains why developing a healthy sense of empathy is a key predictor of which kids will thrive and succeed in the future.

Is the selfie syndrome undermining our kids’ future?

Teens today are forty percent less empathetic than they were thirty years ago. Why is a lack of empathy—which goes hand-in-hand with the self-absorption epidemic that Dr. Borba calls the Selfie Syndrome—so dangerous? First, it hurts kids’ academic performance and leads to bullying behaviors. Also, it correlates with more cheating and less resilience. And once children grow up, a lack of empathy hampers their ability to collaborate, innovate, and problem-solve—all must-have skills for the global economy.

In UnSelfie Dr. Borba pinpoints the forces causing the empathy crisis and shares a revolutionary, researched-based, nine-step plan for reversing it. Listeners will learn:

  • Why discipline approaches like spanking, yelling, and even time-out can squelch empathy;
  • How lavish praise inflates kids’ egos and keeps them locked in “selfie” mode;
  • Why reading makes kids smarter and kinder;
  • How to help kids be upstanders—not bystandersin the face of bullying;
  • Why self-control is a better predictor of wealth, health, and happiness than grades or IQ;
  • Why the right mix of structured extracurricular activities and free play is key for teaching collaboration; and
  • How to ignite a kindness revolution in your kids and community.

The good news is that empathy is a trait that can be taught and nurtured. Dr. Borba offers a framework for parenting that yields the results we all want: successful, happy kids who also are kind, moral, courageous, and resilient.

UnSelfie is a blueprint for parents and educators who want to kids shift their focus from I, me, and mine to we, us, and ours.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An engaging and thoughtfully argued book, and its topic…as timely as ever.”

    New York magazine

  • “Borba builds an excellent case for empathy, and parents concerned with the trend toward self-absorption and bullying among young people will find useful tips to counteract the negative messages children are hearing.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A fresh and powerful primer on raising caring kids. The book came into focus, she explains, while she was visiting the Cambodian killing fields outside Phnom Penh. Her resultant goal—find out what causes inhumanity and how to stop it—led her to visit Dachau, Auschwitz, and Rwanda, as well as school classrooms…She provides a wealth of exercises, activities, and age-by-age strategies to help parents nurture empathy—a trait, she stresses, that is…in danger. Her thought-provoking and practical book may very well tip over the parenting priority applecart—and rightly so.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Narrator Cassandra Campbell is the perfect fit for sharing the nine strategies Borba suggests. The introduction, read by the author, provides the reasons why empathy remains important, even in a technology-driven world. Borba reads her words as only an author can, setting the stage for the descriptions, ideas, and examples she shares in the rest of the audiobook. Campbell presents the remainder of the text in a clear, even voice…The narration is well done, and since the author presents activities to complete with children of different ages, listeners may want to keep a pen and paper handy.”


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About the Author

Michele Borba, EdD, is an internationally renowned educational psychologist with expertise in parenting, bullying, and character development. One of the foremost authorities on childhood development in the country, she is a regular NBC contributor who appears regularly on Today and has been featured as an expert on Dateline, The View, Dr. Phil, NBC Nightly News, Fox & Friends, Dr. Oz, and The Early Show, among many others.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.