The Emotional Life of Your Brain

  • by Richard J. Davidson, Sharon Begley
  • Narrated by Arthur Morey
  • 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Why are some people so quick to recover from a setback while others wallow in despair? Why are some people so highly attuned to others that they seem psychic, while other people put both feet in it over and over again? Why are some people always up and others always down?
In this hotly anticipated book, award-winning, pioneering neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson answers these questions by offering an entirely new model of our emotions - their origins, their power, and their malleability.
Davidson has discovered that each of us is composed of six basic “Emotional Styles”: Resilience, Outlook, Social Intuition, Self-Awareness, Sensitivity to Context, and Attention. Our own personal emotional fingerprint results from where on the continuum of each style we fall. He explains the patterns of brain activity that underlie 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 determine our own Emotional Style and to change our own brains and emotions - if that is what we want to do. Written with best-selling 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 more meaningful lives.

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Narrator makes it hard to listen to

Would you try another book from Richard J. Davidson and Sharon Begley and/or Arthur Morey?

The book is interesting, but the tone and rhythm of the narrator's voice makes it impossible to listen to. The narrator sounds like he has been chased and wants to spit out the message as fast as he can. I tried many times to get used to his tone and speed but gave up. When you drive and listen to this book, you will get nothing. In comparison, if you listen to a sample of the book


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- Robert

Really Wish Ritchie Davidson Was the Narrator

If you could sum up The Emotional Life of Your Brain in three words, what would they be?

interesting, thought provoking


How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was flat and his voice really detracted from being able to stick with this fascinating material.


Any additional comments?

I've heard Davidson many times and he is a dynamic & interesting speaker. Too bad the narration of this detracts so much from the material. I'm slogging through it...but wow, the difference between this and say "Stumbling on Happiness" (narrated brilliantly by the author) is astounding. Audible..please try to get more authors to read their own books!

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- casavecchia "Kate Crisp"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-01-2012
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio