Fall 2008 (Volume V, Issue 2)


Who Do You Trust?

Trust is essential to families, friendships, governments, businesses, and even the global economy—and yet it has been declining for years. This issue of Greater Good explores why trust is so important, and how we can rebuild it.

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From The Editors

From the Editors: Fall 2008 (01)

By Dacher Keltner, Jason Marsh | September 1, 2008


In Brief

Spent (02)

By | September 1, 2008

New research explores why misery is not miserly.


By the Numbers (03)

By | September 1, 2008

Staying Single, Staying Healthy


Love’s a funny thing (04)

By | September 1, 2008


How was your day? (05)

By | September 1, 2008


The Altruistic Advantage (06)

By | September 1, 2008


Empathy’s for the Dogs (07)

By | September 1, 2008


Sharp and Social (08)

By | September 1, 2008


Brain Teaser

Guest Column

Windows of Opportunity (10)

By | September 1, 2008

A new book and CD help students build emotional intelligence.



Truth in the Balance (11)

By | September 1, 2008

An Interview with psychologist and author Steven Pinker



America’s Trust Fall (12)

By | September 1, 2008

Trust is essential to strong relationships and a healthy society, but it has been declining for decades, report Pamela Paxton and Jeremy Adam Smith. How can America learn to trust again?


Brain Trust (14)

By | September 1, 2008

Trust is not irrational or illusory, explains Michael Kosfeld. It’s a biologically-based part of human nature.


Trust for Happiness (15)

By | September 1, 2008


Can I Trust You? (16)

By | September 1, 2008

A conversation between world-renowned psychologist Paul Ekman and his daughter Eve, with Jason Marsh.


Life Stages of Trust (17)

By | September 1, 2008


Surviving Betrayal (18)

By | September 1, 2008

Romantic betrayal is traumatizing, says psychologist Joshua Coleman. But couples can learn to trust again.


In Faces We Trust (19)

By | September 1, 2008

First impressions can decisively shape political elections, says Anna J. Abramson. What does that say about democracy?


The Greatest Test (21)

By | September 1, 2008

Forgiveness improves health and strengthens relationships. But can it help heal the scars of civil war?


The Hot Spot (22)

By | September 1, 2008

Climate scientists wonder why people don’t do more about global warming. Social scientists have some troubling answers.


Tools for the Greater Good

Five Ways to Rebuild Trust (13)

By | September 1, 2008


Book Reviews

Book Review: Head Trips (23)

By | September 1, 2008

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
By Dan Ariely
Harper Collins, 2008, 304 pages

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness
By Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein
Yale University Press, 2008, 304 pages


Book Review: Human (24)

By | September 1, 2008

by Michael Gazzaniga
Ecco, 2008, 464 pages


Book Review: Altruism, Intergroup Apology, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation (25)

By | September 1, 2008

By Samuel P. Oliner, assisted by Piotr Olaf Zylicz
Paragon House, 2008, 328 pages


Book Review: Spiritual Evolution (26)

By | September 1, 2008

by George E. Vaillant
Broadway Books, 2008, 228 pages


Book Review: Emotional Awareness: A conversation between the Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman (27)

By | September 1, 2008

Times Books, 2008, 288 pages


Pop Culture Review

Ideas for the Greater Good

The Compassionate Animal (29)

By | September 1, 2008




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