The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live-- and how You Can Change Them

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Hudson Street Press, 2012 - Psychology - 279 pages
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This longawaited book by a pioneer in brain research offers a new model of our emotions- their origins, their power, and their malleability.

For more than thirty years, Richard Davidson has been at the forefront of brain research. Now he gives us an entirely new model for understanding our emotions, as well as practical strategies we can use to change them.

Davidson has discovered that personality is composed of six basic emotional "styles," including resilience, self-awareness, and attention. Our emotional fingerprint results from where on the continuum of each style we fall. He explains the brain chemistry that underlies each style in order to give us a new model of the emotional brain, one that will even go so far as to affect the way we treat conditions like autism and depression. And, finally, he provides strategies we can use to change our own brains and emotions-if that is what we want to do.

Written with bestselling author Sharon Begley, this original and exciting book gives us a new and useful way to look at ourselves, develop a sense of well-being, and live more meaningful lives.

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I read this for research but it is fascinating. - Goodreads
Some personality attributes have a detrimental impact. - Goodreads
He ignored their advice and pursued his own path. - Goodreads

Review: The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live--and How You Can Change Them

User Review  - Roxanna Zea - Goodreads

Richard Davidson summarized over 35 years' of his research into this book. Collaborators with Daniel Goleman (Emotional Intelligence) and Paul Ekman, Richard demonstrated fascinating links between one ... Read full review

Review: The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live--and How You Can Change Them

User Review  - Amy Vey - Goodreads

Very interesting book on the emotional types/patterns of the brain and how certain emotions, actions will activate certain parts of the brain. I thought the information about depression was also very ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Richard J. Davidson, PhD, is the William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and director of the W. M. Keck Laboratory for Functional Brain Imaging and Behavior and the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin- Madison.

Sharon Begley has been the science editor and science columnist at Newsweek as well as science columnist at The Wall Street Journal.

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