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

Richard J. Davidson Sharon Begley / Sep 17, 2019

The Emotional Life of Your Brain How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think Feel and Live and How You Can Change Them This longawaited book by a pioneer in brain research offers a new model of our emotions their origins their power and their malleability For than thirty years Richard Davidson has been at the foref

  • Title: The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live--and How You Can Change Them
  • Author: Richard J. Davidson Sharon Begley
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  • This longawaited book by a pioneer in brain research offers a new model of our emotions their origins, their power, and their malleability.For than thirty years, Richard 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 dis This longawaited book by a pioneer in brain research offers a new model of our emotions their origins, their power, and their malleability.For than thirty years, Richard 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, 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 change our own brains and emotions if that is what we want to do.Written with bestselling author Sharon Begley, this original and exciting book gives us a new and useful way to look at ourselves, develop a sense of well being, and live meaningful lives.

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    1. This is not "light" reading, but still truly fascinating. If you don't mind reading about the clinical and scientific aspects of how the brain functions and why we do what we do, this is a worthwhile read.Davidson has narrowed down peoples' emotional styles to 6 dimensions:-Resilience (how slowly or quickly you recover from adversity)-Outlook (how long you're able to sustain positive emotion)-Social Intuition (how adept you are at picking up social signals from people around you)-Self-Awareness [...]


    2. I bought this book because I find anything about neuroscience pretty interesting, and the emotional aspect doesn't seem to have been investigated in any rigorous way until recently. This book promises to satisfy that, and, to a large extent, I think it does.I found myself constantly struggling with a sort of duality in this book. At some points I found the observations to be extremely obvious, such as the idea that our emotional styles aren't simply genetic, but a product of our environment and [...]


    3. I'm not much for self help mind over matter books, but this one seems to have a lot of research to back up what it says. I am bothered by the author's self congratulatory style.


    4. I first heard of Dr. Richard Davidson’s work in the field of neuroscience a couple of months ago in an unlikely setting: the annual conference of the National Art Education Association in New York. Regular readers might remember my mention of the Compassion Project in Appleton, Wisconsin, which challenged teachers and students at all levels to give some thought to the nature of compassion, to some discussion, and then to join in a collaborative art project. The results, an amazing 10,000 tiny [...]


    5. This book is absolutely fascinating. Author Davidson is the founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at UW-Madison. He's gotten a lot of attention with his work doing brain scans on Tibetan monks while they meditate. This book is an introduction to the work he's been doing. He has come up with six different categorizations of types of mental/emotional styles that operate something like the Myers-Briggs type indicator. Each category places you on a spectrum between two extremes, whic [...]


    6. We are so fortunate to have Richard Davidson here at the University of Wisconsin, so those of us that know him can testify that his findings that regular meditation can change your brain patterns and make you calm and cheerful despite a busy life hold particularly true in his example. The other benefits of mindfulness training, as well as other approaches to altering our brain's responses to stimulus, are fascinating -- and are clearly described in this book, which also describes recent discover [...]


    7. MY God this book was so amazingly interesting! It provided such insight into the way the mind works and how the patterns in our brain help shape us into the people we are. This took me quite a while to read because it is a heavy book; it requires a lot of focus (at least for me it did) and I found I had to really sit and think about what I was reading. It was like a step down from reading a textbook. There were plenty of facts and spatterings of humour. It was good for me to read as I am studyin [...]


    8. The Emotional Brain: Character, Personality, and TemperamentThose of us committed to personal growth will find much that is rewarding in The Emotional Life of Your Brain. Davidson draws on an array of scientific experiments and studies to develop a set of ideas that can add to our understanding of how the “emotional brain” works, how its unique patterns affect the way we think, feel, and live, and how we can change them.Three of these ideas are worth highlighting here. The first is that cont [...]


    9. Valuable read, if not a bit long winded in places. I appreciated the expansion on the emotional styles that make us unique and how the brain processes and interprets emotion. Much of the text is dedicated to the research and history of studying emotion and the brain, and also expounding upon the authors' experiences in researching this multidimensional topic. But I'll admit there were times the narrative lost my attention because it was so bogged down in the actual portrayal of these experiences [...]


    10. If you've never read anything about the study of emotions/personality I am sure this books is a revelation. However, as someone who has read quite a bit about emotions, this book is just yet another author/researcher trotting out his "new" theory that looks pretty much like all the rest. Nothing new here. Another case of the emperor having no clothes.



    11. My husband related a story recently about how he proposed studying the intersection of psychology and computers when he was an undergraduate student in the 1970's. Specifically, he was interested in how computers would impact people and their relationships. His professors uniformly said that this was not a serious idea - no one would be interested in this topic. It's easy to dismiss my husband's professors as myopic, but during the 70's and 80's cross-disciplinary studies were not common and not [...]


    12. I will say from the outset that this book was better than I thought it was going to be. That said, I didn’t have very high hopes to start. OK, that’s a bit unfair. "The Emotional Life of Your Brain" (TELoYB) is a decent read and does introduce some useful ideas I had not heard before. But, at the end of the day I didn’t feel all that smarter for reading it. TELoYB is one part professional autobiography, two parts popular psychology and one part self-help.The professional autobiography part [...]


    13. If you're looking for- a long-winded autobiography, written by a smug and slightly bitter hipster-neuroscientist- a scale to gauge your 'emotional style', invented by said hipster-neuroscientist, that seems real simplistic- excessively generalized concepts and definitions of emotion- a lack of nuance when discussing how a person's global psychology creates an individual mind- unnecessary rambling about going to meet the Dalai Lama- vague descriptions of brain areas activated when aspects of your [...]


    14. A unique look at the brain through the work of neuro-psycholgical researcher Richard Davidson, linking our emotions to significant circuits and activities in our brain. For those interested in the intricacies of the brain chemistry and circuitry this is the book for you. Davidson is a very good writer and explains complex scientific phenomena in laypersons' terms. Sometimes the detail has gotten a bit overwhelming to me and I skipped over that to the "so what does this mean" section. It has been [...]


    15. This took me so long to read (considering it was only 252 pages) that it affected my opinion of the book as a whole. Though the subject was genuinely interesting, by the time I got to page 200, I wanted to be done with it so much that I started skimming. I was a psychology major, so I really enjoyed reading about Dr. Davidson's various research studies, as well as his amazing and illustrious career. For people who aren't very interested in psychology, though? I would think they'd have a difficul [...]


    16. Very comprehensive and research-based book on how modern western psychology has learned a lot over the past decades about the human condition, specifically through the shift in studying the brain (neuroscience), embracing emotions as a core part of cognitive decision-making as well as health, and understanding the role of meditation in cultivating many mental and physical health benefits.Davidson bridges the gap between the scientific world that relies on research studies for knowledge retrieval [...]


    17. This book could be retitled: “MY CAREER AS A GREAT PSYCHOLOGIST.” The book gets a lot of rave reviews, so I was expecting a lot. But it didn’t really deliver. It is less about a new unifying psychological concept (as the author would have us believe), and more of a self-congratulatory review of his career. But there was a sprinkling of worthwhile material. I was intrigued by Cognitive Behavior Therapy: regarding depressive thoughts as simple electrical events in the brain. But this kind of [...]


    18. Excellent book. After finishing Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain, I read The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg. The Emotional Life of Your Brain was a great follow up. They all help with understanding how the brain works -- and more important, how you can actually change it with practice by meditation and other techniques. Now on to a few others: two by Daniel Goleman (author of Emotional Intelligence): Wo [...]


    19. This book offers an interesting framework for assessing and adjusting your Emotional Style along 6 key dimensions: Outlook, Resilience, Social Intuition, Self-Awareness, Sensitivity to Context, and Attention. Apparently backed by science, and potentially useful. However, for a self-help book, it's unnecessarily long, dense, and meandering. It reads like an under-edited cross between a "history of brain science" textbook and a "how I became a famous brain scientist who studies meditation" memoir. [...]


    20. Made me want to re-read The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist's Case for the Existence of the Soul by Mario Beauregard.It is amazing to me that emotions were so disregarded in academic circles as described in the beginning of the book.As many of the "secular" meditation methods are based on Buddist practice, I kept trying to apply it to LDS beliefs. D&C 8:2 says "I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost". I believe "mindfullness" meditation - where one non-judgementa [...]


    21. I read this for research but it is fascinating. If you are into understanding how the brain affects how we feel and how it works can determine emotional traits, then check this out. It has a some fun and interesting tests to take to see what your baseline is and then goes on to offer up ways to alter our brain functioning so that we might "improve" areas in which we might feel we need to address. Davidson is a scientist who has done extensive research and also has a strong background in meditati [...]


    22. Puiki knyga. Autorius pateikia savo teoriją grįsdamas ją ilgamečiais tyrinėjimais. Patiko tai, kaip aprašomi, jo pasiūlyti, emocinio stiliaus elementai - neišskiriami geri ar blogi, o nurodomi kiekvieno kraštutinumo pliusai ir minusai. Taip pat jis nesiūlo keistis, jei žmogus gerai jaučiasi su esamu emociniu stiliumi, bet jeigu jaučia, jog turi sunkumų - pasiūlo būdus kaip tą padaryti. Labai nustebino, kad tyrinėjamas meditacijos poveikis emocinio stiliaus kismui. Analizuojamas [...]


    23. An interesting book on how the brain processes emotion and what kind of help we can give ourselves if some part of how we act (i.e. are you shy, are you too impulsive, are you too scatters) causes us problems. The writers emphasizes that the brain is not as separate from the body as has been assumed in the past. I would recommend it for those who simply want to understand that "I feel therefore I am" is closely related to "I think therefore I am." And it's all in your head means that it really a [...]


    24. This book is a mix of science, psychology, personal history, and pracitical guidebook. Davidson explains his own journey to and through studying emotions as brain based. He also illuminates how his findings can and should affect others. The book engages the reader with assessments, clearly labeled diagrams, and personal anecdotes, yet it also delves into some history and plenty of research.I'd recommend it for anybody interested in the intersection of mindfulness, emotions, and science.


    25. This review also appears on my blog silashruparellMy one liner: Neuroscience is a discipline still in its infancy. This book reaches some quite startling conclusions about how we can “re-wire”our own brains and hence tweak or change our own personality.We know intuitively that our minds can be “trained” so that we become an expert in something, or maintain our mental agility (think Sudoku, or those Nintendo puzzles designed for old codgers). Neuroscience is an evolving discipline, and re [...]


    26. For someone who proclaims himself to be a longtime friend of the Dalai Lama, you'd think Davidson might have more modesty. But ultimately, his huge ego destroys this book, partly because he insists on giving us his own detailed personal story (which is not all that interesting), but even more so because the more substantive part of this book (recent neuroscience about the brain and its role in emotions) is seriously skewed to Davidson's own research while ignoring the work of other scientists wh [...]


    27. ​A well-written, important book.This is essentially the scientific autobiography of Richard Davidson. And I think using that as the narrative device works well, allowing him to give an overview of the state of psychology as it was when he started his career. This is necessary because one needs to know the absurd ideas that were the mainstream in the 1960s and 70s. I don't think the usual defense of saying one must assess them in their context works―they really were outlandish. Nothing more s [...]


    28. The first step to change is awareness and this book certainly helps with that, but only a small portion of it is devoted to suggestions of how to actually change. It even presents an argument that change may be unnecessary and undesirable in some cases. The book validates the connection between reason and emotion-- that many of the same regions of the brain process both. I love the reality of emotional styles and how there isn't necessarily one right way of being, but that each style has its str [...]


    29. 6 dimensions of emotion:-Resilience (fast or slow recovery)-Outlook (positive or negative)-Social Intuition (socially intuitive or puzzled)-Self-Awareness (self-aware or self-opaque)-Sensitivity to Context (turned-in or out)-Attention (focused or unfocused.)5 characteristics -Openness-Conscientiousness-extraversion-agreeableness-neuroticismzen lessons and cognitive-behavior therapy changes the neuropatterns.Introspection.Childhood abuse, maltreated would altered the chemistry in brain. But plast [...]


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