SOCIAL SCIENCES

The Power of Human: How Our Shared Humanity Can Help Us Create a Better World

Norton. Jun. 2019. 272p. bibliog. ISBN 9780393634761. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780393634778. SELF-HELP
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Award-winning social psychologist Waytz (Northwestern Univ., Kellogg Sch. of Management) decries the increasing dehumanization of society and highlights the necessity for scientific rehumanization, or "seeing human." To begin, the author describes the perceived presence of humanity, which make daily experiences feel significant and also inspire confidence, amid rampant technological advances. Waytz then goes on to explain how to harness that power to improve work, more effectively partner with technology, and develop relationships. The author employs copious amounts of scientific, psychological, and corporate research as well as firsthand experience to provide a road map to a more people-friendly world.
VERDICT Knowledgeable insights and solutions for increasing sensitivity and overall humane functioning in an often cold world.

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