What Makes a Hero

  • by Elizabeth Svoboda
  • Narrated by Rose Itzcovitz
  • 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An entertaining investigation into the biology and psychology of why we sacrifice for other people. Researchers are now applying the lens of science to study heroism for the first time. How do biology, upbringing, and outside influences intersect to produce altruistic and heroic behavior? And how can we encourage this behavior in corporations, classrooms, and individuals? Using dozens of fascinating real-life examples, Elizabeth Svoboda explains how our genes compel us to do good for others, how going through suffering is linked to altruism, and how acting heroic can greatly improve your mental health.
She also reveals the concrete things we can do to encourage our most heroic selves to step forward. It’s a common misconception that heroes are heroic just because they’re innately predisposed to be that way. Svoboda shows why it’s not simply a matter of biological hardwiring and how anyone can be a hero if they're committed to developing their heroic potential.

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What the Critics Say

"Elizabeth Svoboda's engaging new audiobook explores what makes a hero - and reveals science behind the greatness and generosity possible to any human being." (Jill Neimark, co-author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

With The Passing Of Nelson Mandela...

we are reminded of what the heroic life really means. Svoboda not only challenges us to find our inner "hero" but demonstrates how evolution has programmed us toward altruism. This book is a fine overview of the theory, but it should be read with other more thorough books on the neo-Darwinian look at selflessness like Robert Wright's The Social Animal and Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature.
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- Douglas "College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey."

not what I expected

This is a collection stories which has to do with altruistic behaviour, and heroic individuals. I expected more information on current research being conducted in the field of psychology but instead found that this text only glossed over research
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- Gabriel J. Garcia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-29-2013
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC