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Daniel Goleman on the Emotional Intelligence of Good Samaritanship

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Free Resource (#810) - May 11th, 2009
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Daniel Goleman: Why Aren't We All Good Samaritans?

In this brief TED talk, psychologist and author of Emotional Intelligence Daniel Goleman discusses his research into the psychology of compassion and being a "good Samaritan". He suggests that our emotional response to be compassionate towards others is an automatic response when we see people suffering, and it is only by turning this emotion off through the busyness of our daily lives that we suppress this desire to help others. He then provides some inspirational stories for how we might all work towards being good Samaritans. This TED talk is available streaming video and MP3 download through the TED.com site.

Daniel Goleman: Why Aren't We All Good Samaritans?

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