Brian Goldman on 'The Power of Kindness,' health care and compassion

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Brian Goldman on The Power of Kindness, Healthcare and Compassion

Where does our sense of compassion and empathy come from? Is it a natural genetic trait or do we need to develop and foster it in a variety of creative and life affirming ways? Is compassion fatigue a real thing and can we choose to be empathetic or is it more of an imperative? All good questions worth exploring as cities tend to lean towards cocooning and insularity. In an age where budgets are often being cut and patient loads are on the rise and people are asked to do more work for less are there things we can do to ensure we don't lose our compassionate and kind edge.

In The Power of Kindness, Goldman leaves the comfortable, familiar surroundings of the hospital in search of his own lost compassion. A top neuroscientist performs an MRI scan of his brain to see if he is hard-wired for empathy. A researcher at Western University in Ontario tests his personality and makes a startling discovery. Goldman then circles the planet in search of the most empathic people alive, to hear their stories and learn their secrets.

Brian Goldman and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his book The Power of Kindness, healthcare and shame, threats and anxiety, the big reveal, bonding with others and why empathy is a choice.

Brian visits a boulevard in São Paulo, Brazil, where he meets a woman who calls a homeless poet her soul mate and reunited him with his family; a research lab in Kyoto, Japan, where he meets a lifelike, empathetic android; and a nursing home in rural Pennsylvania, where he meets a therapist at a nursing home who has an uncanny knack of knowing what’s inside the hearts and minds of people with dementia, as well as her protégé, a woman who talked a gun-wielding robber into walking away from his crime.

Powerful and engaging, The Power of Kindness takes us far from the hospital and into the world at large, and investigates why kindness is so vital to our existence.

About the author: Dr. Brian Goldman has been an ER doctor, radio host of White Coat, Black Art and healthcare pundit. As a veteran emergency room physician, Brian has a successful career setting broken bones, curing pneumonia, and otherwise pulling people back from the brink of medical emergency. He has been an award-winning medical reporter for CBC Television's The Health Show as well as The National. He's known across Canada as CBC Radio One's 'house doctor'. Brian has a proven knack for making sense of medical bafflegab.

He always believed that caring came naturally to physicians, but time, stress, errors, and heavy expectations left him wondering if he might not be the same caring doctor he thought he was at the beginning of his career. He wondered what kindness truly looks like—in himself and in others.

Image Copyright: Brian Goldman. Used with permission.

For more information about David Peck's podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.

With thanks to producer Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.

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