Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential--And Endangered


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William Morrow & Company
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5.3 X 7.9 X 1.0 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Maia Szalavitz is the author of six books, including Unbroken Brain, and the coauthor of The Boy Who was Raised as a Dog. She has received the media award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and an award from the American Psychological Association for contributions to the addictions. She currently writes regular columns for The Guardian and VICE and writes frequently for other major publications like the New York Times, the Washington Post, Scientific American, the Atlantic and Women's Health.

Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D., is the senior fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy (, a not-for-profit organization based in Houston that is dedicated to improving the lives of high-risk children, and he is an adjunct professor of psychiatry at the Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago. He is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children.


"An accessible and important work of popular science."
"Empathy, and the ties that bind people into relationships, are key elements of happiness. Born for Love is truly fascinating."--Gretchen Rubin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project
"Once in awhile a book changes the way I experience the world. This time it's Born For Love, by Bruce D. Perry and Maia Szalavitz. Their book explores how children learn to love-or not. No work of fiction is as compelling."--Denver Post
"Strikingly original and thought-provoking, Born for Love explores the crucially important role empathy plays in all of our lives. It should be required reading for every parent, partner, and friend."--Annie Murphy Paul, author of Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives