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Today is the Start of an Empathic Revolution!

6 February 2014

Influential popular philosopher Roman Krznaric’s highly anticipated book EMPATHY: A HANDBOOK FOR REVOLUTION is published today (6 February 2014) by Rider / Random House.

Roman argues that our brains are wired for social connection; that empathy is at the heart of who we are. It’s an essential, transforming quality we must develop for the 21st Century.

In the book, he sets out the six life-enhancing habits of highly empathic people, whose skills enable them to connect with others in extraordinary ways.

Empathy is often considered a ‘feel good’ emotion and most of us associate it with kindness and sensitivity. But Roman claims empathy not only has the power to make our lives more stimulating and meaningful, but can bring about social change. Empathy can create a revolution. Not a revolution based on new laws but something much more radical – a revolution of human relationships.

Empathy is a more popular concept today than at any time in human history.  Children and medical students have ‘empathy skills’ training, relationship counsellors advise couples to practice ‘empathic listening’ and politicians such as Barack Obama believe the ‘empathy deficit’ to be more important than the federal deficit.  Business gurus, advertising agencies and the Dalai Lama all advocate empathy in their respective fields. Over the last ten years Google searches for the word 'empathy' have doubled. 98% of us have the ability to empathise and step into other people's shoes, but few of us put our full abilities to use: this book reveals how to realise our empathic potential.

Empathy can heal broken relationships. So many relationships fall apart because one person feels their needs are not appreciated and understood. Krznaric shows how we can use empathy to make our relationships flourish, and to deepen our friendships in a world that is plagued by loneliness despite the incredible rise of online networks. At the same time he reveals why expanding curiosity about strangers is a necessary antidote to the self-obsessed individualism of the last century, and can help challenge our own assumptions and prejudices.

Click here to order a copy.

 

‘A powerful case for empathy as the key to a better life and better world.’ MATTHEW TAYLOR
Chief Executive, Royal Society of Arts

‘Eloquent and inspiring...’ MARY ANN HOBBS DJ and broadcaster


‘One of Britain's leading lifestyle philosophers’ OBSERVER

Roman Krznaric is available for interview and to write pieces. For further information please contact Ellie Rankine on 0207 840 8758 or erankine@randomhouse.co.uk

 

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