Morality is a choice

Crises are mentioned again and again, for example in the family, youth, political morality and the economic system. Is the cause of this a decline in values? Does our everyday behavior really follow “higher values”? Is value education helpful? Based on findings from brain research, psychology and sociology, the author illuminates other, mostly unconscious motives of our doing and not doing. The following questions are answered, among others: Do animals already have pre-forms of morality? What happens in the brain when we make moral choices? What role do genes and early childhood experiences play? How do children become moral personalities? What do parents, day-care centers and schools contribute to this? Which personality aspects, abilities and behavioral tendencies of children favor moral action and a good life and coexistence? Which competencies help to realize values ​​such as health, justice, freedom or solidarity? The book is aimed at parents and people in socio-pedagogical, educational and psychological professions, in journalism and politics, at students and anyone interested in this topic. Dr. Klaus Wahl did research at the German Youth Institute and the Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg and now runs the Psychosocial Analysis and Prevention Information System (PAPIS). He has also taught at universities in Germany and abroad, and is currently teaching at the University of Munich.