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A new theory of how the brain constructs emotions that could revolutionize psychology, health care, law enforcement, and our understanding of the human mind.
Emotions feel automatic to us; that's why scientists have long assumed that emotions are hardwired in the body or the brain. Today, however, the science of emotion is in the midst of a revolution on par with the discovery of relativity in physics and natural selection in biology. This paradigm shift has far-reaching implications not only for psychology but also medicine, the legal system, airport security, child-rearing, and even meditation.
Leading the charge is psychologist and neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett, whose theory of emotion is driving a deeper understanding of the mind and brain, and what it means to be human. Her research overturns the widely held belief that emotions are housed in different parts of the brain, and are universally expressed and recognized. Instead, emotion is constructed in the moment by core systems interacting across the whole brain, aided by a lifetime of learning.
Are emotions more than automatic reactions? Does rational thought really control emotion? How does emotion affect disease? How can you make your children more emotionally intelligent? How Emotions Are Made reveals the latest research and intriguing practical applications of the new science of emotion, mind, and brain.
©2017 Lisa Feldman Barrett (P)2016 Brilliance Audio
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By W. White on 05-29-17

Eye-opening

As a practicing psychiatrist, I found this book incredibly thought-provoking. It wonderfully turned on its head many of my previous "thoughts" about how "feelings" work. I have always been more of an advocate of good questions than good answers, & Feldman does a wonderful job of asking good questions and following through with adequate scientific inquiry to lend credence to her perspectives. This proved to be such an excellent listen, that I have since purchased the hard cover & am equally enjoying that exploration of the book's ideas. Unquestionably five stars!

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By PMonaco on 03-24-17

A must read for anyone interested in emotions

A systematic, scientific explanation of emotions. clearly written and understandable by anyone. If you thought that you do not have the ability to modify your emotions, read this book. If you want to understand what emotions are, read this book. Or, if you have a general interest in how the human brain works, read this book.

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By Joe de Swardt on 04-27-17

Putting up with - for the sake of good science.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

If, like me, you are curious about the world, life and how humans behave, this book has very good science in it. Nothing wrong with the science. If you are a bit OCD about your children - this book is right up your street. If like me, other people's children is mildly interesting, but mostly soaked in ambivalence, then this book is a drag to listen to. Because, the author does not half go on and on and on about her daughter. I felt stuck in a lift with one of those parents that simply don't get that others don't care much about every move and evolving trick of their off-spring. Once it started to work my nerves, I simply could not stick to it for long - had to plow through it in small bits. Putting up with - to get to the otherwise excellent, science.

Would you ever listen to anything by Lisa Feldman Barrett again?

No - unless she changes her publishing editor. I get the feeling that the publisher made her add in a lot of personal accedes to "warm the audience". Sure that left to her own, the author would have stuck to the core message and got there in 1/4 of the time.... and I would not have felt so urged to switch it off, time-and-again. Note the editor: Readers are not morons, give us some credit and stop sugar coating technical stuff, not all things need to be 'mommyfied'

What three words best describe Cassandra Campbell’s performance?

Clear voice, slightly monotone - not bad.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Good science, bad anecdotes. Its maybe cultural, but anecdotes are a giant put off to me. Stick to the facts, talk through actual case studies, leave the family and other emotive bollocks at home.

Any additional comments?

Love to hear a much reduced, abridged version.

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By Aran on 07-27-17

A mind expanding look at the brain

A powerful antidote to naive essentialism and necessary reading/listening for anyone who’s work or life involves other people. So... everyone really.

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