Poetry and the Psychology of Compassion

In this fifth volume, Professor Patrick Pietroni outlines how the more modern study of the brain using MRI scanning and neural-imagining has enhanced our understanding of the psychology of compassion. He begins with an historical review of how our predecessors, including Aristotle, Plato, Leonardo da Vinci, Descartes and Newton described the relationship between the brain, the mind, consciousness and emotions. However, it was not until the late nineteenth and early twentieth century that further steps were taken to understand the workings of the mind. Between Freud and Jung, new territories of the mind were discovered. Following were others, psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists and evolutionists, who study and understand the concept of compassion.

Today, as we are living through the worst pandemic any of us has witnessed, many scientists believe that being compassionate can improve health and well-being and believe that compassion may even be vital to the survival of our species.

Professor Patrick Pietroni DSc (Hon), FRCP, FRCGP, MFPH, lives in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, U.K., the birthplace of Charles Darwin, as well as in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he is currently the Director of the Centre for the Study of Compassion at University of New Mexico. Pietroni has published several books and numerous academic articles. He founded and was editor of the Journal of Inter-professional Care, the International Journal of Cuban Studies, and the Journal of Psychological Therapies in Primary Care.

Size: 8.5 x 5.5 in.
Pages: 58
Plates: 17 color plates
ISBN: 978-1-934491-78-2
Price: $15

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