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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
     

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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by Richard J. Davidson, Sharon Begley
 

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Why are some people so quick to recover from a setback while others wallow in despair? Why are some so highly attuned to others that they seem psychic, while others put both feet in it over and over again? Why are some people always up and others always down?

In this hotly anticipated audiobook, award-winning, pioneering neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson answers

Overview

Why are some people so quick to recover from a setback while others wallow in despair? Why are some so highly attuned to others that they seem psychic, while others put both feet in it over and over again? Why are some people always up and others always down?

In this hotly anticipated audiobook, award-winning, pioneering neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson answers these questions by offering an entirely new model of our emotions—their origins, their power, and their malleability.

Davidson has discovered that each of us is composed of six basic “Emotional Styles”: Resilience, Outlook, Social Intuition, Self-Awareness, Sensitivity to Context, and Attention. Our own personal emotional fingerprint results from where on the continuum of each style we fall. He explains the patterns of brain activity that underlie 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 determine our own Emotional Style and 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 audiobook gives us a new and useful way to look at ourselves, develop a sense of well-being, and live more meaningful lives.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Audio
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
From the Publisher
"Whether he is measuring neural activity in the laboratory or climbing the Himalayas to meet the Dalai Lama, Davidson is an inveterate explorer who has spent a lifetime probing the deep mystery of human feeling. Don't miss this smart and lively book by the world's foremost expert on emotion and the brain." -Daniel Gilbert, Ph.D., author of Stumbling on Happiness

"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, Ph.D., author of Emotional Intelligence

"What a gift from the world's leading neuroscientist who works on what makes life worth living. This is a must-read for everyone who is interested in positive psychology."--Martin E. P. Seligman, Ph.D., author of Learned Optimism Martin E. P. Seligman, Ph.D., author of Learned Optimism

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455852994
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
03/28/2012
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
7.12(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are Saying About This

Deepak Chopra
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)
Martin E. P. Seligman
"What a gift from the world's leading neuroscientist who works on what makes life worth living. This is a must-read for everyone who is interested in positive psychology." -Martin E. P. Seligman, Ph.D., author of Learned Optimism
From the Publisher
"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, Ph.D., author of Emotional Intelligence
Daniel Goleman
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 Emotional Intelligence)
Jack Kornfield
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)

Meet the Author

Richard J. Davidson is a professor 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. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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