A ciência da meditação: Como transformar o cérebro, a mente e o corpo


Um livro transformador que nos mostra o poder surpreendente da meditação em nosso cérebro. Quarenta anos atrás, Daniel Goleman e Richard Davidson, amigos e colaboradores na Universidade Harvard, eram dois dos poucos cientistas que defendiam os benefícios da meditação para o cérebro. Hoje, ela passou a ser estudada em diversos laboratórios. Com base nas mais recentes pesquisas, os autores desconstroem concepções equivocadas e revelam o que podemos aprender sobre a meditação a partir de um surpreendente conjunto de dados. Eles compartilham pela primeira vez descobertas que mostram como essa prática pode mudar de forma extremamente positiva nossa maneira de pensar, sentir e agir. O treinamento mental constante cultiva qualidades como desprendimento, amor e compaixão, redesenhando de forma duradoura nosso circuito neural. A ciência da meditação é um daqueles raros livros que têm o poder de fazer grandes transformações.
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Richard J. Davidson, ph.D. em psicologia pela Universidade Harvard, é professor-pesquisador de psicologia e psiquiatria e diretor do Laboratório de Imagens Cerebrais Funcionais e Comportamento, e do Laboratório de Neurociência Afetiva da Universidade de Wisconsin em Madison. Daniel Goleman, ph.D., é autor do best-seller Inteligência emocional, considerado um dos 25 livros mais influentes na área empresarial pela revista Time. Psicólogo formado pela Universidade Harvard, durante doze anos escreveu para o New York Times.
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Nov 10, 2017
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Emotional Intelligence was an international phenomenon, appearing on the New York Times bestseller list for over a year and selling more than five million copies worldwide. Now, once again, Daniel Goleman has written a groundbreaking synthesis of the latest findings in biology and brain science, revealing that we are “wired to connect” and the surprisingly deep impact of our relationships on every aspect of our lives.

Far more than we are consciously aware, our daily encounters with parents, spouses, bosses, and even strangers shape our brains and affect cells throughout our bodies—down to the level of our genes—for good or ill. In Social Intelligence, Daniel Goleman explores an emerging new science with startling implications for our interpersonal world. Its most fundamental discovery: we are designed for sociability, constantly engaged in a “neural ballet” that connects us brain to brain with those around us.

Our reactions to others, and theirs to us, have a far-reaching biological impact, sending out cascades of hormones that regulate everything from our hearts to our immune systems, making good relationships act like vitamins—and bad relationships like poisons. We can “catch” other people’s emotions the way we catch a cold, and the consequences of isolation or relentless social stress can be life-shortening. Goleman explains the surprising accuracy of first impressions, the basis of charisma and emotional power, the complexity of sexual attraction, and how we detect lies. He describes the “dark side” of social intelligence, from narcissism to Machiavellianism and psychopathy. He also reveals our astonishing capacity for “mindsight,” as well as the tragedy of those, like autistic children, whose mindsight is impaired.

Is there a way to raise our children to be happy? What is the basis of a nourishing marriage? How can business leaders and teachers inspire the best in those they lead and teach? How can groups divided by prejudice and hatred come to live together in peace?

The answers to these questions may not be as elusive as we once thought. And Goleman delivers his most heartening news with powerful conviction: we humans have a built-in bias toward empathy, cooperation, and altruism–provided we develop the social intelligence to nurture these capacities in ourselves and others.

From the Trade Paperback edition.
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