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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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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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What is your emotional fingerprint?

Why are some people so quick to recover from setbacks? Why are some so attuned to others that they seem psychic? Why are some people always up and others always down? In his thirty-year quest to answer these questions, pioneering neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson discovered that each of us has an Emotional Style, composed of Resilience, Outlook, Social Intuition, Self-Awareness, Sensitivity to Context, and Attention. Where we fall on these six continuums determines our own “emotional fingerprint.”

Sharing Dr. Davidson’s fascinating case histories and experiments, The Emotional Life of Your Brain offers a new model for treating conditions like autism and depression as it empowers us all to better understand ourselves—and live more meaningful lives.

About the Author

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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writermala, September 7, 2012 (view all comments by writermala)
For all of us who believed that we had an emotional map in our brain that cannot be altered this book gives us hope. Davidson explains clearly the connection between our brain and our emotions and also how we can alter the way we feel and behave in certain situations.

The book is replete with examples proving the points the author makes and studies conducted, which clearly illustrate what he is saying.

For the first time in the annals of psychology, a psychologist has brought meditation from the realms of "smoke and mirrors," and given it its rightful place in the mainstream.
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writermala, September 7, 2012 (view all comments by writermala)
For all of us who believed that we had an emotional map in our brain that cannot be altered this book gives us hope. Davidson explains clearly the connection between our brain and our emotions and also how we can alter the way we feel and behave in certain situations.

The book is replete with examples proving the points the author makes and studies conducted, which clearly illustrate what he is saying.

For the first time in the annals of psychology, a psychologist has brought meditation from the realms of "smoke and mirrors," and given it its rightful place in the mainstream.
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ISBN:
9781594630897
Subtitle:
How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live--and How You Can Change Them
Author:
Davidson, Richard J
Author:
Begley, Sharon
Author:
Davidson, Richard J.
Publisher:
Plume
Subject:
Psychology-Mood Disorders and Depression
Subject:
Emotions
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Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20121224
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.31 x 6.31 x 1.18 in 1.19 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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What is your emotional fingerprint?

Why are some people so quick to recover from setbacks? Why are some so attuned to others that they seem psychic? Why are some people always up and others always down? In his thirty-year quest to answer these questions, pioneering neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson discovered that each of us has an Emotional Style, composed of Resilience, Outlook, Social Intuition, Self-Awareness, Sensitivity to Context, and Attention. Where we fall on these six continuums determines our own “emotional fingerprint.”

Sharing Dr. Davidson’s fascinating case histories and experiments, The Emotional Life of Your Brain offers a new model for treating conditions like autism and depression as it empowers us all to better understand ourselves—and live more meaningful lives.

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