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 and Sharon Begley
Publisher:
Hudson Street Press
Category:
Psychology

University of Wisconsin Professor of Psychology Richard J. Davidson and science journalist Sharon Begley describe six distinct emotional dimensions, each with a defined and measurable neural signature. Each person’s unique combination of the six dimensions together comprise what Davidson calls “emotional style” — the essence of our personality and the reflection of how we live and respond to our experiences. The six dimensions — resilience, outlook, social intuition, self-awareness, sensitivity to context, and attention — emerged from Davidson’s three decades of research on affective neuroscience, the study of the brain basis of human emotion. Intrigued by the tremendous differences between even closely related individuals, he embarked on a quest to better understand the physical foundations of emotion at a time when such questions were not included in scientific discussions. The book includes a series of self-assessments to help readers determine where they fall in each of the six dimensions, as well as strategies for shifting their emotional styles.