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Publisher's Summary

Why are some people so quick to recover from a setback while others wallow in despair? Why are some people so highly attuned to others that they seem psychic, while other people put both feet in it over and over again? Why are some people always up and others always down?

In this hotly anticipated book, 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 best-selling author Sharon Begley, this original and exciting book gives us a new and useful way to look at ourselves, develop a sense of well-being, and live more meaningful lives.

©2012 Sharon Begley, Richard J. Davidson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Really Wish Ritchie Davidson Was the Narrator

If you could sum up The Emotional Life of Your Brain in three words, what would they be?

interesting, thought provoking

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was flat and his voice really detracted from being able to stick with this fascinating material.

Any additional comments?

I've heard Davidson many times and he is a dynamic & interesting speaker. Too bad the narration of this detracts so much from the material. I'm slogging through it...but wow, the difference between this and say "Stumbling on Happiness" (narrated brilliantly by the author) is astounding. Audible..please try to get more authors to read their own books!

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Looks Like I Will Be The First Reviewer...

to actually discuss the book here, as everyone else seems obsessed with the narrator. This is an interesting book on neuropsychology, though it is not the most in-depth one that you will find. Read this one starting out, before approaching Sachs, Ramachandran, Gazziniga and Seung--afterward, and it will seem a bit of a step down. Davidson does a nice job of breaking down the emotional life into six simple (if even sometimes a bit oversimplified) categories and then--the most interesting part--shows us the brain function that accompanies each. It serves as a nice primer for emotion and brain function and might be taken nicely with Daniel Goleman's book Social Intelligence and Emotional Intelligence.... All right, there are no car chases in this book (it's neurology for heaven's sake!), and the narrator is no broadway performer. But it's a book, right? Someone is reading you a book so you don't have to. Let's stop whining so much about narrators and review books here.

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Narrator makes it hard to listen to

Would you try another book from Richard J. Davidson and Sharon Begley and/or Arthur Morey?

The book is interesting, but the tone and rhythm of the narrator's voice makes it impossible to listen to. The narrator sounds like he has been chased and wants to spit out the message as fast as he can. I tried many times to get used to his tone and speed but gave up. When you drive and listen to this book, you will get nothing. In comparison, if you listen to a sample of the book

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Dry and a bit drawn out

What would have made The Emotional Life of Your Brain better?

As a statistician, I am used to dry material. However this material was presented very dryly and a was longer than necessary.

It seems the author tried to both entertain and please the scientific crowd at the same time. The result is likely to fall short on both accounts.

What could Richard J. Davidson and Sharon Begley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

There were many times that the author went on extensively to present data to support hypothesis that many would intuitively know. I understand the value of this but it made the book a bit tedious.

The suggestions for how to impact your own emotion style are a very small portion of the book and are likely to not stand on their own as suggestions.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Emotional Life of Your Brain?

The idea and concepts of the book are in and of themselves interesting. Shortening the book substantially would have made it much more enjoyable.

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science looking for meditation

The idea that inspires this book is intriguing, and although I don't feel as if it nailed it 100%, I still think there is a lot of interesting and useful material to acquire from this book. I was worried about the reading performance because of others negative comments (also I didn't like the preview segment much), but I must say that the reader is instead very clear and the voice tones sound always appropriate.

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Where does The Emotional Life of Your Brain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Middle/average.

Would you be willing to try another book from Richard J. Davidson and Sharon Begley ? Why or why not?

Depends on the narrator.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Arthur Morey?

Dull. Sucked the life out of the book.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

The surveys and how much research went into the surveys/discoveries.

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Fantastic Book!

This book is eye opening. It can be dual at times for some because of the detailed research methods shared, but besides that the doctor does a great job tell how his research came to be in a very entertaining way.

Side note the author of this book is the scientist that has conducted most of the research studies referenced frequently in personal development and management books.

Hear his direct interpretation of the finding in the experiments he invited and conducted gives a deeper insights to his findings.

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Must be read.

Excelente book, with great content, history and facts. Would be great if the test are available.

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A good book but WAY too Long

The information in this book is good however it can definitely be condensed, it is over 30 chapters with most of the material being repetitive in some way. I dont understand how they didn't edit it down

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Superb educational material!!!!

my instructor for a social worker program assign chapter 3 to the class. after taking the assessments I decided to read the entire book this is a book that I have recommended to several of my friends and other professionals