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The emotional life of your brainhow its uniue patterns affect the way you think feel and live and how you can change them review ☆ 100 Á This longawaited book by a pioneer in brain research offers a new model of our emotions their origins their pThis 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 themDavidson h. 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 readDavidson has narrowed down peoples' emotional styles to 6 dimensions Resilience how slowly or uickly 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 how well you perceive bodily feelings that reflect emotions Sensitivity to Context how good you are at regulating your emotional responses taking into account the context in which you find yourself Attention how sharp and clear your focus isI think all of us are aware we need change or improvements in one or of these areas So what was interesting were his suggestions with scientific experiments to back him up as to how to go about doing just thatMany people think I just am the way I am I can't help how I think how I feel how I react Trust me been thereBut I've also done my fair share of re evaluating instances or events from my past to know that realigning one's thoughts and in turn one's emotions IS possibleReading this only reaffirmed that and has made me conscious of my ability to continue to do so

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Ffect 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 doWritten 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 liv. 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 10000 tiny paintings all about four inches suare were installed in an exhibition at the Trout Museum As a result of Dr Davidson’s idea an entire community became involved in a project intended to increase the understanding and practice of compassion among human beings Brilliant I thoughtNow this same Richard Davidson’s book falls into my hands Co written with science writer and editor Sharon Begley it’s called The Emotional Life of Your Brain and the first two thirds of it are science To be honest my eyes tend to glaze as I attempt to grasp the meaning of it all; my own brain was not trained to follow the meticulous detail of scientific method Still I was than willing to make the effort because I have come to believe so passionately in the argument that Davidson presents that we can literally “change our minds” In the course of life from childhood on we acuire certain attitudes certain ways of thinking about ourselves and the world certain mental and emotional patterns that can—but need not—entrap us and impoverish our lives Davidson skillfully and persuasively applies the principles and super advanced technological tools of scientific research to demonstrate these truthsIt is the last third of the book that is the easiest for me—from the moment he brings in the monks with the enthusiastic help of none other than the Dalai Lama to test them for the effects on the brain of long term meditation I have argued often in the pages of The Buddha Diaries that meditation offers us the power to discipline the mind to do those things we want it to do rather than follow its natural tendency to wander off and play or engage in fruitless and distracting tasks that do nothing but support our old often destructive habits It is fascinating and immensely satisfying to see these ideas put to the scientific test and proven to be sound Davidson’s research demonstrates that meditation can affect not only the minds of long term meditators like those Tibetan monks who spend long solitary years in remote mountain caves; even short term practice he shows can produce dramatic results in the rawest of novicesThe last chapter of the book offers practical how to steps that can lead to greater strength of mind—and indeed to a purposeful and satisfying life With a consistent practice of the visualization and meditation techniues that he describes in detail we can change the way our brains function and create “new channels in the stream bed of the mind” We can even change our personalities in significant life altering ways For skeptics as I myself remained for many years Davidson’s book presents a convincing scientific argument for the kind of Mind Work that I approach in a very different way ahem forgive me I am not a book critic in my own recent book of that titleRichard J Davidson with Sharon Begley The Emotional Life of your Brain March 2012 2595 ISBN 978 1 9463 089 7

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The emotional life of your brainhow its uniue patterns affect the way you think feel and live and how you can change themAs 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 a. 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