Wise Mind Living: Master Your Emotions, Transform Your Life

Wise Mind Living: Master Your Emotions, Transform Your Life

by Erin Olivo Ph.D.


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Are you easily overwhelmed by your emotions? Is stress hurting your relationships and getting in the way of reaching your goals? With Wise Mind Living, esteemed psychotherapist and Columbia University professor Dr. Erin Olivo presents an in-depth resource that empowers us to stop struggling with emotions like fear, anger, shame, and sadness—and discover the doorway to better health and increased fulfillment in every area of our lives.

“When you’re living in balance between your emotions and logic, you’re experiencing Wise Mind Living,” explains Dr. Olivo. “It’s when you have the confidence to deal with difficult decisions or situations because you’re in charge—not your emotions.” The teachings and practices in this book give you a new understanding of the physiology of emotions and the debilitating effects of stress. Dr. Olivo provides mindfulness-based exercises and lifestyle skills to help us change the way we think, feel, and behave in situations where stress and anxiety arise, and gives practical instruction in putting it all together to manage your emotions for health and well-being.

Wise Mind Living invites you to explore:

  • Mindfulness—what it is and how to practice it
  • Combining the strategies of change and acceptance
  • The universal structure of all emotional experience
  • Becoming fluent with the eight core categories of emotion
  • Why there is no such thing as a “negative” emotion
  • The Wise Mind Review to objectively observe your experiences
  • Overcoming conditioned responses and knee-jerk reactions
  • Relinquishing struggle as the pathway to change
  • Plus, step-by-step instruction in Dr. Olivo’s six-week Wise Mind Living program

For anyone looking to get a handle on stress and anxiety once and for all, Wise Mind Living gives you a practical resource to help you navigate life’s difficulties with balance, confidence, and inner peace.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622032457
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/01/2014
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Erin Olivo

Erin Olivo, PhD, is an assistant clinical professor of medical psychology at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is the former director of the Columbia Integrative Medicine Program, which she headed in collaboration with Dr. Mehmet Oz. Dr. Olivo has intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and clinical hypnosis, and has a psychotherapy practice in New York City. Learn more at erinolivo.com

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Chapter 1 Wise Mind vs. Emotion Mind: Stress, Emotions, Health, and Happiness 1

Chapter 2 Mindfulness: The Wisdom of Being in the Present Moment 17

Chapter 3 Mind Your Brain: The Cycle of Emotion 37

Chapter 4 Name That Emotion (Hint: It's One of the Big Eight) 53

Chapter 5 What Good Are My Emotions? The Good in the Bad and the Bad in the Good 73

Chapter 6 Change How You Feel … By Changing What You Feel 81

Chapter 7 Change How You Feel … By Changing What You Think 93

Chapter 8 Change How You Feel … By Changing What You Do 117

Chapter 9 When You Can't Change How You Feel: Acceptance and Coping 133

Chapter 10 Six Weeks to Wise Mind Living 151

About the Author 179

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