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Author: Elizabeth Svoboda Narrator: Rose Itzcovitz Publisher: Gildan Media Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2013 ISBN: 9781469027180
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An entertaining investigation into the biology and psychology of why we sacrifice for other people Researchers are now applying the lens of science to study heroism for the first time. How do biology, upbringing, and outside influences intersect to produce altruistic and heroic behavior? And how can we encourage this behavior in corporations, classrooms, and individuals? Using dozens of fascinating real-life examples, Elizabeth Svoboda explains how our genes compel us to do good for others, how going through suffering is linked to altruism, and how acting heroic can greatly improve your mental health. She also reveals the concrete things we can do to encourage our most heroic selves to step forward. It’s a common misconception that heroes are heroic just because they’re innately predisposed to be that way. Svoboda shows why it’s not simply a matter of biological hardwiring and how anyone can be a hero if they're committed to developing their heroic potential. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fun, fascinating, and deeply researched.”

    Joshua Foer, New York Times bestselling author of Moonwalking with Einstein

  • “A satisfying investigation of the mechanics of heroism.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Readable and engaging.”

    Mary C. Gentile, PhD, author of Giving Voice To Values

  • “It’s a joy to join the journey of Elizabeth Svoboda, a young writer and researcher, as she brings together personal stories and exciting studies to explain what pushes us to aid others—from daily helping to headlined heroic acts.”

    Allan Luks, coauthor of The Healing Power of Doing Good

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About the Author

Elizabeth Svoboda has contributed to Fast Company, Popular Science, Psychology Today, Discover, Salon, and the New York Times, among others. In 2008, she received the Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award. She lives in San Jose.

About the Narrator

Rose Itzcovitz is an audiobook narrator whose readings include Democracy and Social Ethics by Jane Addams, Just Little Things by Nancy Vu, and Conversations That Sell by Nancy Bleeke.