BY KIRANDEEP SINGH
Dr. Brian Goldman will be visiting the Camrose Public LIbrary this November to discuss his new book, The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy Is Essential in Everyday Life.
Goldman is an emergency physician, author, public speaker, as well as a radio host. His book, The Power of Kindness focuses on the search of the nature and nurture of empathy and kindness through his own personal search for the natural empathy he had as a child but lost as an ER physician. He has traveled around the world to meet the kindest people on the planet to find out why they are the way they are.
“I was accused of unkindness by the husband and children of a patient I saw in the ER. I did my clinical job competently but was too self-preoccupied by my own stress and time pressure to empathize with them. It was only through the death of my father that I realized what they were going through as concerned family members.”
Unlike Goldman’s other works, The Power of Kindness spends no time at the hospital. He learned that he could leave his comfort zone and write a book about that which he knew didn’t know much about. “I learned that shame about medical errors acts as a brake on my riskiest impulses. I learned that my personality makes me well suited as an ER physician and the host of a radio show.”
Goldman is visiting the Camrose Public Library at 7:00 p.m. Nov. 2 to further discuss his book and answer any questions.
“I have found it very rewarding to speak to audiences about The Power of Kindness because they bring many questions about the nature of human connection and about existence.” Goldman says to show authors like himself support, people can read his books, ask questions, and engage with him about their opinions. “I hope you like the book and feel moved to share stories with me.”
Books will be available to for purchase for $30.