If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?

If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?

My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating

Large Print - 2017
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Alan Alda, the award-winning actor and bestselling author, tells us the story of his quest to learn how to communicate better, and to teach others to do the same. With his trademark humor and candor, he explores how to develop empathy as the key factor.
Publisher: New York :, Random House Large Print,, [2017]
Edition: First large print edition.
ISBN: 9781524781927
Characteristics: large print
xx, 314 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
Contents: Relating: it's the cake
Theater games with engineers
The heart and head of communication
The mirror exercise
Observation games
Making it clear and vivid
Reading minds: Helen Riess and Matt Lerner
Teams
Total listening starts with where they are
Listening, from the boardroom to the bedroom
Training doctors to have more empathy
My life as a lab rat
Working alone on building empathy
Dark empathy
Reading the mind of the reader
Teaching and the flame challenge
Emotion makes it memorable
Story and the brain
Commonality
Jargon and the curse of knowledge
The improvisation of daily life.
Summary: Alan Alda, the award-winning actor and bestselling author, tells us the story of his quest to learn how to communicate better, and to teach others to do the same. With his trademark humor and candor, he explores how to develop empathy as the key factor.

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Aug 07, 2017

A readable, funny and insightful book outlining how doctors, lecturers, managers can improve communication skills by strengthening empathy through improvisation exercises. Alda is a good writer and his intelligence as well as his modesty come through as he explains the scientific studies of empathy, how it is measured, enhanced and re-measured in lab settings. The book also describes people's feelings about how their personal and professional interactions became more effective after taking part in improvisation exercise sessions.

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