Emotions!: Making Sense of Your Feelings

Emotions!: Making Sense of Your Feelings

by Mary C. Lamia


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What the point of guilt? Or anxiety? Or hope?
Just what are these emotions trying to tell you? Everything!

Emotions are a powerful and an extraordinary part of being human. Your emotions serve as an instant cueing system to inform you about a situation and motivate you to take action. If you are proud, you may feel confident enough to take on something new and challenging. If you are anxious, you may be motivated sharpen your focus and act quickly. If you are embarrassed, you may regret your misbehavior and try to do better.

Emotions! Making Sense of Your Feelings will help you understand your emotions and gain powerful insight into who you are, how you appear to others, and what you can be. While your emotional life may feel tumultuous, your emotions are priceless. It’s time to figure just what your emotions are telling you!

From the Introduction:

Simply based on some of the research studies summarized in the various chapters of this book, you will learn that:
  • Focusing on feelings instead of details may lead to better quality decision for certain complex decisions
  • Anxiety can improve creativity, productivity, and the quality of your work.
  • Anxiety-sensitivity can lead to risky behavior.
  • Your friend’s embarrassing behavior won’t reflect on you.
  • Having a high potential to be embarrassed can lead you to hesitate helping someone else if your help might embarrass them.
  • Guilt helps you to maintain your relationships.
  • Showing the pride you have in achievements can help you socially.
  • Lonely people look for sources of acceptance in facial expressions.
  • Hope can affect expectation and how you feel.
  • Many people cry at a happy ending as a way to hold back the emotion of sadness
  • Venting anger doesn’t help you.
  • Spiders may be more disgusting than frightening.
  • Envy leads people to focus on the details of those they envy.
  • When focusing on reading material for a test, pay attention to unappealing sentences.
  • Overvaluing happiness can possibly lead you to be less happy, even when happiness is within your reach.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433811937
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Publication date: 08/15/2012
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 378,457
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.28(d)
Age Range: 15 - 18 Years

About the Author

Mary Lamia, PhD, is a psychologist and psychoanalyst who practices in Kentfield, California. She is also a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. Extending psychological knowledge to the public has been her endeavor for 30 years. For nearly a decade she hosted a weekly call-in talk show, "KidTalk With Dr. Mary," on Radio Disney stations, and her opinion has been sought in hundreds of television, radio, and print media interviews and discussions. She is the author of Understanding Myself and Emotions!: Making Sense of Your Feelings. Visit her at www.marylamia.com and follow her on Twitter: @DrLamia.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Emotions: The Basics Are All in Your Head 5

Chapter 2 Anxiety Is Your Friend 15

Chapter 3 The Complexity of Fear 23

Chapter 4 Embarrassment: Being Noticed With Regret 31

Chapter 5 Hiding From Shame 39

Chapter 6 The Goodness of Guilt 47

Chapter 7 Pride and Hubris Are Self-defining 55

Chapter 8 Loneliness Has a Purpose 63

Chapter 9 Hope and Recognizing When It's Hopeless 71

Chapter 10 Sadness and Sad Love 79

Chapter 11 Maybe You Should Be Angry 87

Chapter 12 Disgust Can Make You Sick 95

Chapter 13 The Secret Life of Envy 101

Chapter 14 Interest Is More Exciting Than You Think 111

Chapter 15 Happiness Can Make You Smile or Cry 117

Conclusion 125

References 126

Index 137

About the Author 146

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