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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (267 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tara Bennett-Goleman, Dalai Lama Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2003 ISBN: 9781593970468
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Alchemists sought to transform lead into gold. In the same way, says Tara Bennett-Goleman, we all have the natural ability to turn our moments of confusion and emotional pain into insightful clarity. Emotional Alchemy maps the mind and shows how, according to recent advances in cognitive therapy, most of what troubles us falls into ten basic emotional patterns, including fear of abandonment, social exclusion (the feeling we don't belong), and vulnerability (the feeling that some catastrophe will occur). Through this program we can free ourselves and others, and the freedom to be more creative and alive. This remarkable program also teaches the practice of mindfulness, an awareness that lets us see things as they truly are without distortion, or judgement, giving the most insightful explanation of how mindfulness can change not only our lives, but the very structure of our brains. Here is a beautifully rendered work full of Buddhist wisdom and stories of how people have used mindfulness to conquer their self-defeating habits. The result is a whole new way of approaching our relationships, work, and internal lives. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monjamckay | 2/18/2014

    " I'm not really into "self help" books but picked this one up because it uses Buddhist techniques to help conquer negative emotion... I personally get more out of Buddhist texts and did not get into the psychology work. But for someone else it may be the exact opposite experience. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gloriavirtutisumbra | 2/12/2014

    " This was good. I often forget there is a tradition of psychology in Buddhism, that approaches everything sideways, very calmly, like a snake whisperer. Or a horse whisperer. Or maybe just a whisperer. Which is a nice change of tactics. I liked this, I liked the ideas in it, i had a little bit of a struggle with vocabulary. (the word schema was used many many times and it constantly made me think of the diabolical penguins in the Madagascar films, just a personal thing, probably wouldn't affect anyone else that way. obviously i need to be taking more psychology courses to iron that glitch out.) All in all, nicely done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 1/31/2014

    " A book which I would recommend to everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luc Reid | 12/30/2013

    " Initially I was concerned that this book might be more gentle reassurance than useful ideas, but I'm glad to say I was flat wrong. A serene and clear introduction to schema therapy, which can offer a lot of insight into our emotional habits, and mindfulness as applied to improving our daily lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shae Bethel | 12/23/2013

    " One of my all time favorites that has helped me through some difficult times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb Davis | 12/20/2013

    " An excellent synthesis of Buddhist practices and cognitive psychology. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Manire | 12/11/2013

    " One of my favorites. It's eye opening and I learned a lot about mindfulness, that I'm not alone and that - that big scary thing in the corner turns into a tiny little weak thing the closer you get to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 12/9/2013

    " This is a great self-help book for people who lean in the direction of Buddhist thought. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 11/24/2013

    " This book was given to me with the highest recommendation by my wonderful son Christopher. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ella Gray | 11/9/2013

    " This books talks about schemas and how the ones we have dictates how we'll react to the world and in our relationships. Also very good if you have inner work to do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 10/17/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it difficult to put down. I thought it was quite useful and made lots of sense. It was very inspirational. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 6/6/2013

    " I've read this book several times......I think that speaks for itself. Each time I read it, I learn more about how the more I change, the more the world changes around me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 5/2/2013

    " Fantastic book with practical exercises about how to transform your emotions through alchemy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sofi Rydell | 10/30/2012

    " Good content, but something seems terribly wrong with the typography. Hard reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Faith | 6/21/2012

    " A helpful book. Sometimes repetitive. I think the book would be sufficiently helpful if compressed, but well worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randy Lynn | 4/10/2012

    " This is a useful "self help" book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby | 2/19/2012

    " one of my favourites. full of simple practices to free yourself from worry and suffering. i've bought and given away three copies of this book:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yuki | 12/20/2011

    " A NY Times bestseller. a psychotherapist examines how to live our daily lives in peace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hollis | 8/25/2011

    " This was a re-read for me, but this is an excellent book about dealing with our emotional 'hot buttons', written from the perspective of Buddhist philosophy and using Mindfulness to know ourselves better "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ally | 7/3/2011

    " I actually read this book ages ago, and I'd almost forgotten about it until I was trying to explain recently where I'd gotten some of the techniques I use from. I've since recommended it to others with anxiety problems. It's a great book, and it helped me tremendously! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noreen | 5/7/2011

    " A helpful book in showing a way to deal with negative emotional habits. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debraqueserasera | 3/20/2011

    " very helpful for those trying to break old patterns.
    uplifting, affirming and supportive.
    very comprehensible and satisfying read.
    lots of good practices to help the process along. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hollis | 9/28/2009

    " This was a re-read for me, but this is an excellent book about dealing with our emotional 'hot buttons', written from the perspective of Buddhist philosophy and using Mindfulness to know ourselves better "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 7/22/2009

    " An excellent synthesis of Buddhist practices and cognitive psychology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luc | 4/28/2009

    " Initially I was concerned that this book might be more gentle reassurance than useful ideas, but I'm glad to say I was flat wrong. A serene and clear introduction to schema therapy, which can offer a lot of insight into our emotional habits, and mindfulness as applied to improving our daily lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 1/25/2009

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it difficult to put down. I thought it was quite useful and made lots of sense. It was very inspirational. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monjamckay | 7/18/2008

    " I'm not really into "self help" books but picked this one up because it uses Buddhist techniques to help conquer negative emotion... I personally get more out of Buddhist texts and did not get into the psychology work. But for someone else it may be the exact opposite experience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 7/3/2008

    " I've read this book several times......I think that speaks for itself. Each time I read it, I learn more about how the more I change, the more the world changes around me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 6/19/2008

    " A book which I would recommend to everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randy Lynn | 6/17/2008

    " This is a useful "self help" book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 4/5/2008

    " A book about meditation and patterns - "schemas" - from past traumas. Really interesting read looking at how different people react negatively to different stimulus. I found it helpful.

    -s "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 3/10/2008

    " I used this book to write both a graduate school and undergrad paper (both different papers!). So many good points to be made - and insights to learn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noreen | 3/9/2008

    " A helpful book in showing a way to deal with negative emotional habits. "

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About the Author

Tara Bennett-Goleman, New York Times bestselling author of Emotional Alchemy, is a longtime psychotherapist and international work-shop leader who has offered seminars on the synthesis of mindfulness and cognitive therapy for many years with her husband, Daniel Goleman.

About the Narrator

Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields) (1965–2006), winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award in 2004, was one of the most respected narrators in the industry. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, she was also a director, producer, and technician at her own studio, Cedar House Audio.