Destructive Emotions

FROM THE PUBLISHER Imagine sitting with the Dalai Lama in his private meeting room with a small group of world-class scientists and philosophers. The talk is lively and fascinating as these leading minds grapple with age-old questions of compelling contemporary urgency. Daniel Goleman, the internationally bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence, provides the illuminating commentary—and reports on the breakthrough research this historic gathering inspired…

I finished Destructive Emotions. Overall, it was a good book. I learned a lot. A couple of things I haven’t posted about yet. One, studies show that people aren’t receptive to new information while in the grip of emotion (must remember that next time 20-yr-old and I lock horns). Two, for decades science taught that the brain didn’t generate new neurons, but this was disproved in the late 1990’s (must remember to do crossword puzzles to help generate more neurons).

Some of the suggestions, though, seemed a bit strange. Like having school children stand by a red cone when they feel angry. It’s supposed to help them calm down, but it sounds more like a punishment than a help to me. The writing style was also a bit dry at times. And he completely lost me when talking about phenomenology. Still, I’d recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject.

Middle-aged woman rating (based on five stars): ***1/2

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