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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For more than thirty years, Richard J. 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 ...
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Overview

For more than thirty years, Richard J. 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, on 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.

"The Emotional Life of Your Brain is an eye-opener, replete with breakthrough research that will change the way you see yourself and everyone you know. Richard Davidson and Sharon Begley make a star team: cutting edge findings formulated in a delightful, can’t-put-it-down read. I loved this book." - Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence
“Richard Davidson and Sharon Begley have created a pioneering look at the brain chemistry of our emotions. By looking at Davidson’s scientific proof that meditation and other cognitive practices actually change the brain, the authors enable all of us to genuinely modify our most difficult emotional habits and create new and more fruitful ones. Look forward to cultivating keener attention, having more attunement to others, and being more connected to your own intuition. It’s all possible—and this book shows you how.” - Deepak Chopra, author of How to Know God
“The best book I know on how to use the exciting discoveries of neuroscience to change your life. A fabulous read – a scientific adventure story like Sherlock Holmes meeting Watson and Crick with the Dalai Lama as their advisor.” - Jack Kornfield, author of The Wise Heart

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Davidson (Univ. of Wisconsin's Keck Laboratory) and Begley (Reuter's senior health and science correspondent) take readers through Davidson's discovery of, and research on, what he calls "the six dimensions of emotional style." Mixing personal narrative with effective neuroscience, Davidson makes a case that it is possible to change our brains through mental activity alone. Narrated well by Arthur Morey, the audiobook discusses each emotional style in depth, providing self-tests along the way, then suggests exercises to change our brains and consequently our emotional styles. VERDICT Recommended for those looking to alter their behavior more than readers with an interest in neuroscience. [The Hudson Street hc was a New York Times best seller.—Ed.]—Wendy Galgan, St. Francis Coll., Brooklyn
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455852987
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Scientific Quest xi

Chapter 1 One Brain Does Not Fit All 1

Chapter 2 The Discovery of Emotional Style 13

Chapter 3 Assessing Your Emotional Style 43

Chapter 4 The Brain Basis of Emotional Style 67

Chapter 5 How Emotional Style Develops 91

Chapter 6 The Mind-Brain-Body Connection, or How Emotional Style Influences Health 113

Chapter 7 Normal and Abnormal, and When "Different" Becomes Pathological 137

Chapter 8 The Plastic Brain 161

Chapter 9 Coming Out of the Closet 177

Chapter 10 The Monk in the Machine 199

Chapter 11 Rewired, or Neurally Inspired Exercises to Change Your Emotional Style 225

Acknowledgments 253

Notes 259

Index 273

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Surprisingly good!

    I really enjoyed this book. It is somewhat scientific, but easy to read and follow. There are explanations about all the aspects of the learning and emotional growth of your brain. I especially appreciated the section on autism. The entire book gives support to the idea that change IS possible, whether you want to learn a new language, acquire a new skill, or form stronger bonds with others.

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