Summary of The Emotional Life of Your Brain

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Neurologist Richard Davidson and science writer Sharon Begley explain the fascinating, paradigm-shifting theory of “Emotional Style” that Davidson developed over 35 years of meticulous research. They reduce a welter of psychological profiles into a rubric of six dimensions that make up each individual’s emotional profile. They base these dimensions on neurological behaviors – specific brain patterns that individuals can change with mental training. If you’re tired of being pessimistic, for example, mental training can help you deliberately nudge your “outlook” closer to the “positive” end of the spectrum. Several self-tests help you figure out your emotional style and decide what – if anything – you want to do about it. getAbstract recommends this readable account of how to understand the brain-based factors affecting your emotional makeup and personality.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What six “dimensions” form your “Emotional Style,”
  • How they affect your health and
  • What practical methods you can use to alter your emotional style.

About the Authors

Richard J. Davidson teaches psychology and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and founded the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds. He directs the W.M. Keck Laboratory for Functional Brain Imaging and Behavior. Sharon Begley is Reuters’ senior health and science correspondent and the author of the book Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain.



The Brain Basis for Emotion
Every person’s “Emotional Style” is unique, like fingerprints or snowflakes. Your style determines how you react to what life throws at you.

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    Frederic Martin 3 years ago
    Good summary, I am searching for more about this (I just took the facebook test)
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    James Comment 5 years ago
    This is just a really good book
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    Patrick Brigger 5 years ago
    If nothing else, the brain is the one to be emotional. Great summary, and add on for book.

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