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6 Sharing Emotions

7 Sensations

8 Learning to Share

9 Autism and Misunderstandings

10 Unifying Theory of Social Cognition

11 Empathic Ethics

Epilogue - Are Mirror Neurons Good or Bad

Acknowledgements

Map of the Empathic Brain

Endnotes

Bibliography

About the Author

Appendix: Davis Interpersonal Reactivity Index

Introduction: Connecting People


The best day of my life started off with what you could call a failure. Even little details of that moment will stay in my head forever. On a Saturday in January of 2004, fresh snow covered the rugged edges of the Dolomites around that small town called Castelrotto, in Italy. Valeria and I sat in a tiny church in front of two Catholic ministers. “You may now exchange your vows,” one of the ministers said. My heart started beating strongly.

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