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.
From The Editors
America’s Trust Fall (12)By Jeremy Adam Smith, Pamela Paxton | 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 Michael Kosfeld | September 1, 2008
Trust is not irrational or illusory, explains Michael Kosfeld. It’s a biologically-based part of human nature.
Can I Trust You? (16)By Eve Ekman, Paul Ekman, Jason Marsh | September 1, 2008
A conversation between world-renowned psychologist Paul Ekman and his daughter Eve, with Jason Marsh.
Surviving Betrayal (18)By Joshua Coleman | September 1, 2008
Romantic betrayal is traumatizing, says psychologist Joshua Coleman. But couples can learn to trust again.
In Faces We Trust (19)By Anna Abramson | 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 Emilie Raguso | September 1, 2008
Forgiveness improves health and strengthens relationships. But can it help heal the scars of civil war?
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 Jeremy Adam Smith | September 1, 2008
by Michael Gazzaniga
Ecco, 2008, 464 pages
By Samuel P. Oliner, assisted by Piotr Olaf Zylicz
Paragon House, 2008, 328 pages
by George E. Vaillant
Broadway Books, 2008, 228 pages
Times Books, 2008, 288 pages
Pop Culture Review
Are you bad at gratitude, just like Jeremy Adam Smith? He has some lessons for you from people who know how to say "Thanks!"
An interview with best-selling author Daniel Goleman about his new book, Focus.
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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"
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