Paul Ekman, Ph.D., is the world’s foremost expert on facial expressions and a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of California Medical School in San Francisco. He is the author of 15 books, including, most recently, Emotional Awareness, a conversation between himself and the Dalai Lama (reviewed on page 46). He is also a member of Greater Good’s editorial board.
Stories by Paul Ekman
Articles: Paul Ekman’s Taxonomy of CompassionBy Paul Ekman | June 21, 2010
The renowned psychologist offers a lesson in emotional intelligence.
Videos and Podcasts: Darwin and the Dalai Lama, United by CompassionBy Paul Ekman | June 17, 2010
Paul Ekman reveals the link between Darwin’s and the Dalai Lama’s views on compassion.
Videos and Podcasts: Heroic Compassion & AltruismBy Paul Ekman | June 17, 2010
Paul Ekman explores how and why certain people help others even when it puts themselves at risk.
Videos and Podcasts: Global CompassionBy Paul Ekman | June 17, 2010
Paul Ekman discusses the importance of extending compassion to people of different nations, and even to all living beings.
Videos and Podcasts: The Roots of Empathy and CompassionBy Paul Ekman | June 17, 2010
Paul Ekman describes the building blocks of empathy and compassion: emotion recognition, emotional resonance, and familial compassion.
Videos and Podcasts: The Dalai Lama is a DarwinianBy Paul Ekman | June 17, 2010
Paul Ekman explains that Darwin and the Dalai Lama share a similar view on humanity’s highest moral virtue: to extend compassion to “all sentient beings.”
Videos and Podcasts: Compassion vs. EmotionsBy Paul Ekman | June 17, 2010
Paul Ekman discusses the difference between forms of compassion and emotional states.
Videos and Podcasts: Paul Ekman on Darwin, Compassion, and the Dalai LamaBy Paul Ekman | June 17, 2010
Paul Ekman reveals the similarities between Darwin’s and the Dalai Lama’s ideas about compassion, and discusses the need to promote a “global compassion”—before it’s too late.
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