Each human heart possesses positive attributes such as altruism, kindness, concern, gratitude, and forgiveness. Human Goodness explores the origins of these traits through the use of clinical vignettes to help mental health professionals see their clients in refreshingly new ways.
Salman Akhtar has once again brought us to a new frontier—a scholarly and engaging exploration of the complexity of human goodness. His opening chapter is a gem. In these troubled times, when evil abounds, this book is an important guidepost not only for psychoanalysts, but for all who wish to find the goodness that exists even in the hearts of our enemies.
— Jennifer Bonovitz, PhD, Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia
Salman Akhtar has done it again: a brilliantly creative volume on human goodness with three central papers, each with a discussant. Striking are the fresh ideas presented and discussed in a lucid writing style beautifully articulated English. This volume is an inspiring document and a great read providing mental health professionals with clinically useful ideas.
— Stuart Twemlow, MD, University College, London; International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies
About the Editor:
Salman Akhtar, MD, is professor of psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and training and supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia.