Jill Suttie, Psy.D., is Greater Good‘s book review editor and a frequent contributor to the magazine.
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Articles: What is a Good Life?By Jill Suttie | October 1, 2014
A new book explores what we know and don’t yet know about human nature and the role of the environment in shaping our moral character.
Articles: The Social ArtistBy Jill Suttie | September 23, 2014
A new book argues that creativity can be—and often is—a social endeavor, rather than the work of a lone genius.
Articles: Can Fighting Poverty Make You Happy?By Jill Suttie | September 11, 2014
A Q&A with Daniel Karslake about his new film, Every Three Seconds.
Articles: Can Suffering Lead to Success?By Jill Suttie | September 3, 2014
A new book explores when trauma triggers growth—and when it doesn't.
Articles: Taking on the Myth of the Spoiled ChildBy Jill Suttie | August 14, 2014
A new book questions claims that today's kids are more spoiled and narcissistic than previous generations.
Articles: Why Won’t Your Teen Talk To You?By Jill Suttie | July 30, 2014
A new book explains the many reasons why teens seem to shut down, even when they especially need parental support.
A new book argues that there is something simple we can do to close achievement gaps: teach mindfulness in schools.
Articles: Facing Fear, Facing ForgivenessBy Jill Suttie | July 9, 2014
Three decades ago, Tim Zaal nearly killed Matthew Boger for being gay. We talk with them and the director of Facing Fear, which tells their story of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Articles: Making Mindfulness Part of TherapyBy Jill Suttie | June 23, 2014
A new book explores when and how therapists can incorporate moment-to-moment, non-judgmental attention into their practice.
Articles: Mindful Discipline for KidsBy Jill Suttie | June 16, 2014
Psychologist Shauna Shapiro explains how parents can combine firm boundaries with loving connection.
Articles: How Parents Can Keep Their CoolBy Jill Suttie | June 3, 2014
Two new books tackle the problem of raising difficult kids, offering solutions that are both more compassionate and successful than harsh discipline.
Articles: Why Do We Laugh?By Jill Suttie | May 28, 2014
A new book explains what humor is, how things become funny, and why evolution gave us laughter.
Articles: What’s the Truth about Trust?By Jill Suttie | May 21, 2014
A new book says that trustworthiness is a moving target, dependent on our moods, circumstances, and competing needs.
Articles: Should Motherhood Be a Thankless Job?By Jill Suttie | May 7, 2014
New research suggests that Mother's Day gratitude isn't just good for Mom—it can be good for the kids, too.
Articles: How to Make Grateful KidsBy Jill Suttie | April 15, 2014
A new book argues that parents can foster gratitude in kids—but it takes effort and time.
As we age, we tend to shed family and friends—which can hurt our mental and physical health. How can we design communities for seniors that facilitate social connections?
Articles: When Empathy FailsBy Jill Suttie | March 4, 2014
Humans brains are very attuned to what others are thinking, feeling, and planning—but a new book explores when our “mindreading” powers can lead us astray.
Articles: When is Parenting All Joy and No Fun?By Jill Suttie | February 20, 2014
A new book explores why contemporary parenthood can be so stressful—and at the same time so meaningful.
Neuroscientist James Fallon discusses the psychopathic brain, prospects for detection and treatment, and his own struggles to feel empathy and compassion for others.
Four new studies reveal how having power affects your willingness to walk in your partner's shoes.
Anger is a tool that helps us read and respond to upsetting social situations. But how can you stop it from getting out of hand?
We can feel threatened by another person's stress, says Rick Hanson. So how do you stay open, caring, and brave enough to help them?
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Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
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This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
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The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
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Based at the University of Michigan Business School, this is a networking community for researchers and practitioners...
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