How to Cultivate Global Compassion

Paul Ekman, legendary psychologist and Professor Emeritus at UCSF, is an expert on emotion recognition and his work has been instrumental in helping us understand the universality of emotion and its place in our social lives. More recently, inspired by his exchanges with the Dalai Lama, Ekman’s work has focused on applying his knowledge of emotion and compassion toward bettering human social interactions. In this interview, Ekman discusses his latest book, ‘Moving Toward Global Compassion’, whose premise is a simple, yet radical question — what if we extend compassion beyond our circle of family and friends?

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