Feelings and Moods

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Happiness, sadness, compassion, resentment, despair: just someof the feelings and moods that characterize the lives of each oneof us.  They are part and parcel of our everyday lives andthey affect everything we do, like a kind of mental climate thatsurrounds and permeates our activities and thoughts.  But whatexactly are these ever-present feelings and moods? 

Here the leading psychiatrist Christophe André analysesfeelings and moods as the contents of ...

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Overview

Happiness, sadness, compassion, resentment, despair: just someof the feelings and moods that characterize the lives of each oneof us.  They are part and parcel of our everyday lives andthey affect everything we do, like a kind of mental climate thatsurrounds and permeates our activities and thoughts.  But whatexactly are these ever-present feelings and moods? 

Here the leading psychiatrist Christophe André analysesfeelings and moods as the contents of consciousness that mixtogether emotions and thoughts, the background sensations andimpressions that are less intense than primary emotions like angerbut longer lasting and more influential – a slight feeling ofguilt can poison the entire day.  Their impact is morecomprehensive because they owe their existence not to a particularsituation or event that triggers them but rather to ourrelationship with the world in general. 

Drawing on his own practice as a psychiatrist, Andréexplores some of the most important feelings and moods and showshow, by understanding them better, we can achieve a calmer, happierand more fulfilling life.

Written in the fresh and accessible style that has won him alarge international following, Feelings and Moods willappeal to a wide readership.

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'No one I know except for Christophe André can write insuch a rhapsodic, poetic, poignant and personally honest way aboutsuch quintessentially human experiences as feelings and moods– energies which, while evanescent and subtle, run our livesin ways it is very easy to ignore.  This book illuminates thevery real possibility of authentic well-being and happiness foreach of us, right here and now, without anything having to change,however astonishing and improbable that proposition mayseem.'
Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Mindfulness for Beginners andComing to Our Senses

'Moods establish the inner "weather" of the mind – perhapsbright and sunny, or overcast and troubled – and with hisrare combination of head and heart, Christophe André showswhat creates this weather and how we can change it for thebetter.'
Rick Hanson, author of Buddha's Brain: The PracticalNeuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom

'Christophe André leads us through a heartfelt encounter withthe ubiquity and complexity of emotional life.  Take your timereading his evocative prose and find yourself rewarded with a newappreciation for how thoughts and feelings are foundational inachieving greater satisfaction and purposefulness in yourlife.'
Zindel Segal, University of Toronto

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745651880
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 979,659
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Christophe André is a Medical Psychiatrist at the Universityof Paris X, Nanterre.

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Table of Contents

Contents
A little girl falls over
PART ONE
Existence
Chapter 1 - Feelings and moods: towards understanding
Chapter 2 - Feelings and moods: the pain and the pleasure
Chapter 3 - Rumination and losing control
Chapter 4 - Introspection
PART TWO
Suffering
Chapter 5 - Painful feelings and moods
Chapter 6 - Anxieties
Chapter 7 - Resentment
Chapter 8 - Sadness
Chapter 9 - Despair
Chapter 10 - Fragility
Chapter 11 - Calm and energy
Chapter 12 - Regulating feelings and moods
Chapter 13 - Curing ourselves of the disease of materialism
Chapter 14 - Living mindfully
Chapter 15 - Compassion, self-compassion and the power of gentleness
Chapter 16 - Happiness
Chapter 17 - Wisdom
Conclusion - See you tomorrow, life
Footnotes
Acknowledgments

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