Drawing on his own scientific research into how awe transforms our brains and bodies, alongside an examination of awe across history, culture and within his own life during a period of immense grief, he will show us how cultivating wonder leads us to appreciate what is most humane in our human nature. Featuring powerful personal stories of awe from all over the world, including doctors and veterans – ministers and midwives, poets and scholars – Dacher will be our guide for uncovering this vital force within our lives.
Praise for Dacher Keltner’s Awe:
‘There is no better guide than Dacher Keltner, the great and wise Berkeley psychologist. Read this book to connect with your highest self ’ – Susan Cain
‘A superb analysis of an emotion that is strongly felt but poorly understood, with a showcase of examples that remind us of what is worthy of our awe’ – Steven Pinker
Dacher Keltner is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and the faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center. A renowned expert in the science of human emotion and consultant to Pixar’s Inside Out, Dr Keltner studies compassion and awe, as well as issues of power, status, inequality and social class. He is the author of The Power Paradox and the bestselling Born to Be Good, and the co-editor of The Compassionate Instinct