We evolved to connect with and care for each other, and such empathy undergirds human kindness. But the modern world makes empathy harder--through isolation, stress, and increasing tribalism. Can we rebuild it? Professor Zaki draws on his and others' research and practice--in the social sciences, peace-making, medicine, and technology--to argue that people can grow their empathy through practice, and build a culture of kindness along the way.
Jamil Zaki, associate professor of psychology and director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Laboratory
Professor Zaki investigates how people respond to each other's emotions (empathy), why they conform to each other (social influence), and why they choose to help each other (prosociality). In his groundbreaking book, The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World, he shares cutting-edge research showing that empathy is not a fixed trait—something we’re born with or not—but rather a skill that can be strengthened through effort.