Constructive Thinking

Constructive Thinking

by Seymour Epstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275958841

ISBN-13: 9780275958848

Pub. Date: 08/30/1998

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

This is a book on how to gain control of one's emotions. It is a serious book that contains a theory of automatic processing it presents and its implications for controlling emotions. Epstein is a professor of personality psychology and a highly regarded research psychologist who has supported his theory with extensive research published in the most demanding

Overview

This is a book on how to gain control of one's emotions. It is a serious book that contains a theory of automatic processing it presents and its implications for controlling emotions. Epstein is a professor of personality psychology and a highly regarded research psychologist who has supported his theory with extensive research published in the most demanding professional journals. He was motivated to write the book by the success of a course he taught based on his theory. Students reported obtaining an understanding and control of their emotions that they never thought possible and that they said changed the course of their lives.

According to the theory, people operate by two minds, a rational-analytical mind and an intuitive-experiential mind, the latter being intimately associated with emotions. Each mind operates by its own principles and each has its own form of intelligence. The intelligence of the rational-analytical mind is measured by IQ tests and the intelligence of the intuitive-experiential mind (which is related to emotional intelligence) by the Constructive Thinking Inventory (CTI), a test developed by Epstein that is included in the book. By understanding the principles of operation of the intuitive-experiential mind, it is possible to train it as well as to learn from it, and thereby to improve one's emotional intelligence. The book provides exercises for applying the principles in everyday life and a review of a variety of other procedures for improving emotional intelligence. It is suited for use as a primary or supplementary text in courses on improving emotional intelligence or coping with stress as well as for individual reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275958848
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/30/1998
Edition description:
Subsequent
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

A Tale of Two Minds

Emotional Intelligence Revisited

What Is Emotional Intelligence, and How Can It Be Measured?

Constructive Thinking: The Intelligence of the Experiential Mind

Testing Your Constructive Thinking

Evidence for the Existence of the Experiential Mind

How Your Experiential Mind Thinks

Why We Do What We Do: A New Understanding of Human Behavior

Constructive Thinking and Success in Living

Constructive Thinking and Success in the Workplace

Constructive Love

Better Constructive Thinking Means Better Adjustment and Less Stress

How You Think Can Affect Your Health

Where Constructive Thinking Comes From and How It Changes

Once a Constructive Thinker, Always a Constructive Thinker?

Parenting Good Constructive Thinkers

How Life Experience Affects Constructive Thinking

Improving Your Constructive Thinking

Getting to Know Your Experiential Self

Evaluating Your Automatic Thinking

Training Your Experiential Mind

The Wisdom of the Experiential Mind

Epilogue: Constructive Thinking in Broader Context

Index

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