In The War for Kindness, Jamil Zaki argues that empathy is not a fixed trait we are born with; rather, Zaki through research, makes the point that empathy is a skill we can strengthen. Readers are introduced to “a former neo-Nazi who is now helping extract people from hate groups, ex-prisoners discussing novels with the judge who sentenced them, Washington police officers changing their culture to decrease violence among their ranks, and NICU nurses fine-tuning their empathy so that they don’t succumb to burnout” (“About this Book,” The War for Kindness).
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Jamil Zaki is a professor of psychology at Stanford University and the director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Laboratory. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic. Source.