Written by Agneta Lagercrantz.
James Doty, the son of an alcoholic, became a neurosurgeon and founded a research center for compassion and altruism at Stanford, USA. At 13, his life changed – thanks to a woman who taught him positive thinking. Follow our new series of articles on the new research area compassion.
Neurosurgeon James Doty knows how it feels to be poor. Shame. Like that time he was a boy scout shadowing the police and happened to be in and arrest his own father, often drunk and sometimes lesser criminal. At home, it was the everyday life. James took care of his mother who was disabled after a stroke, he brought his father now and then from the prison and the family had social assistance.
The fact that he did not get in to drugs and crime, he usually thanks the woman in the new magic shop for. He was 13 years old, and in there she stood in gray flowing hair, long skirt and a big smile. After a while she said: “I like you! If you come here every day for six weeks, I’ll teach you something.”
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