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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (391 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard J. Davidson, Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D. Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781455853038
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Why are some people so quick to recover from a setback while others wallow in despair? Why are some so highly attuned to others that they seem psychic, while others put both feet in it over and over again? Why are some people always up and others always down?

In this hotly anticipated audiobook, 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 bestselling author Sharon Begley, this original and exciting audiobook 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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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 2/5/2014

    " A little over my head, but his research was cool. The author claims that there are six different emotional styles that are wired into the chemical process of our brains. If you're into Myers-Briggs or enneagrams, you will find something interesting in this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Skalski | 2/4/2014

    " Amazing book, has a lot to offer all readers from scientists to the lay person. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy Beth | 1/18/2014

    " This book was a little disappointing for me. I think it is more geared toward neuro scientists than actual lay people. Very technical information covered that I could not grasp, or have an interest in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/15/2014

    " Convinced me that it's possible to change your emotions. Kind of helped me to understand nature vs. nurture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/10/2014

    " An exceptional, thought provoking book that outlines, in laymen's terms, the recent neuroscience research that shows that certin emotional attributes (resilience, social awareness, attention, outlook, self-awareness, sensitivity to context)are linked to specific activity in the brain - and are not hard-wired. The authors (Davidson and Sharon Begley) worked on the project with the Dalai Lama and the University of Michigan years ago that demonstrated that meditation changes the brain. Sure to be of interest and value to anyone who works with people/children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Nealen | 12/28/2013

    " Interesting book on emotional styles and how they can be modified through particular forms of meditation. As an aside, I was also fascinated with the author's meetings with the. Dalai Lama, who took an active interest in the author's research. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vince Petronio | 12/7/2013

    " Excellent take on the plasticity of the brain. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicolas Olsen | 12/1/2013

    " I have the Danish translated version, and its weird that a very interesting subject and author can become so trivial and boring... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura G | 10/29/2013

    " I couldn't get into this book, really wanted too... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mom | 10/29/2013

    " This is a very readable book about the brain and emotion. It's interesting even if you are familiar with some neuroscience. Richard Davidson includes very current research and Sharon Begley helps make the book very interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy Hime | 5/6/2013

    " The subject matter is very interesting, but the writing style very irritating. The author gives too much irrelevant detail about travels and conversations about the research. My two cents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 4/19/2013

    " Great pop-psych/meditation read! Alternates chapters about neuroscience and Davidson's own experience with Tibetan Buddhism. Read this for my Buddhist Meditation course, and I'm taking a course with one of the old researchers from his lab at UMass who now works with the UVA nursing school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Engler | 4/13/2013

    " Great book. In an entertaining and highly engaging manner, Richard Davidson recounts his often hilarious journey through the evolution of the neuroscience of emotions. His belief that meditation can enhance the operations of emotions, is now entering (finally) the mainstream of scientific research. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/26/2013

    " Very interesting read! Author stuck with the research and facts through four fifths of the book and then ventured into the improble. He could have left tyhis section out and sttill would have had a great book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth Moffat | 1/28/2013

    " A mixture of self-help and science, I enjoyed the latter part of this book very much and think the theories and studies are quite fascinating. The meditation advice gets a little tiresome but I still recommend this book to anyone intrigued by the working of our brains. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 6/3/2012

    " I'm not a neuroscientist but this book was a good read. It appears I should get into meditation to rework some of my brain's pathways. We'll see how that goes. "

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About the Author
Richard J. Davidson is a professor and director of the W. M. Keck Laboratory for Functional Brain Imaging and Behavior and the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
About the Narrator

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards: in 2011 for Biography and History, in for History and Historical Fiction, and in 2009 for Nonfiction and Culture. His work has also garnered multiple AudioFile Earphones awards, and he has been nominated for an Audie Award. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. As a narrator, he has received nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.