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Emotions: A practical approach to their understanding and resolution

Emotions: A practical approach to their understanding and resolution

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We all experience emotions – and the experience is not always pleasant. Being sensitive by nature, we are inevitably vulnerable to these feelings. But must we be helpless? What exactly are emotions, anyway? Where do they come from, how many are there, are they any use to us – and, if we don't like their effects, is there any way to get rid of them?

Drawing on a variety of sources including western psychology and eastern philosophy, as well as the experiences of a long and varied medical career, the author describes a simple and practical model which can be used to understand, and potentially to relieve, the emotional distresses of everyday life.

The book is both a subjective exploration of, and a practical guide to dealing with, the emotional aspects of human experience. However, it is not a form of therapy, and the techniques described in it should not be practised during the course of a mental illness. Mental illness requires medical treatment – whereas this book mainly offers mental exercise.

The elements of the model described have always existed, but they are presented here in a way which the author considers potentially useful to a wide audience. A single underlying cause for our many emotions is suggested. Their complex effects on daily life are then discussed in detail, and simple techniques for their exploration and resolution are described.

This book is written for anyone who would like to understand the human mind better – or who would simply like a happier and calmer life. However, it certainly does not guarantee either result. Nor does it pretend to explain life's underlying mysteries – which words cannot, in any case, effectively address.

On the other hand, a better understanding and fuller resolution of emotions allows a clearer view of the mental landscape. That might well lead to a more peaceful and joyful life. But it would be an optional extra – bought with your own hard work.
We all experience emotions – and the experience is not always pleasant. Being sensitive by nature, we are inevitably vulnerable to these feelings. But must we be helpless? What exactly are emotions, anyway? Where do they come from, how many are there, are they any use to us – and, if we don't like their effects, is there any way to get rid of them?

Drawing on a variety of sources including western psychology and eastern philosophy, as well as the experiences of a long and varied medical career, the author describes a simple and practical model which can be used to understand, and potentially to relieve, the emotional distresses of everyday life.

The book is both a subjective exploration of, and a practical guide to dealing with, the emotional aspects of human experience. However, it is not a form of therapy, and the techniques described in it should not be practised during the course of a mental illness. Mental illness requires medical treatment – whereas this book mainly offers mental exercise.

The elements of the model described have always existed, but they are presented here in a way which the author considers potentially useful to a wide audience. A single underlying cause for our many emotions is suggested. Their complex effects on daily life are then discussed in detail, and simple techniques for their exploration and resolution are described.

This book is written for anyone who would like to understand the human mind better – or who would simply like a happier and calmer life. However, it certainly does not guarantee either result. Nor does it pretend to explain life's underlying mysteries – which words cannot, in any case, effectively address.

On the other hand, a better understanding and fuller resolution of emotions allows a clearer view of the mental landscape. That might well lead to a more peaceful and joyful life. But it would be an optional extra – bought with your own hard work.

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PRACTICAL APPROACH TO THE UNDERSTANDINGAND HEALING OF THE EMOTIONS OF EVERYDAY LIFE
 
Dr Gordon Coates
A free e-book from www.wanterfall.com
 
 
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A practical approach tothe understanding and healing of the emotions of everyday life.
 Dr Gordon Coates, Sydney. Free e-book from
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We all experience emotions
 – 
and the experience is not alwayspleasant. Being sensitive by nature, we are inevitablyvulnerable to these feelings. But must we be helpless? Whatexactly are emotions, anyway? Where do they come from, howmany are there, are they any use to us
 – 
and, if we don't liketheir effects, is there any way to get rid of them?Drawing on a variety of sources including western psychologyand eastern philosophy, as well as the experiences of a longand varied medical career, the author describes a simple andpractical model which can be used to understand, andpotentially to relieve, the emotional distresses of everyday life.The book is both a subjective exploration of, and a practicalguide to dealing with, the emotional aspects of humanexperience. However, it is not a form of therapy, and thetechniques described in it should not be practised during thecourse of a mental illness. Mental illness requires medicaltreatment
 – 
whereas this book mainly offers mental exercise.The elements of the model described have always existed, butthey are presented here in a way which the author considerspotentially useful to a wide audience. A single underlyingcause for our many emotions is suggested. Their complexeffects on daily life are then discussed in detail, and simpletechniques for their exploration and resolution are described.This book is written for anyone who would like to understandthe human mind better
 – 
or who would simply like a happierand calmer life. However, it certainly does not guarantee eitherresult. Nor does it pretend to explain life's underlying mysteries
 – 
which words cannot, in any case, effectively address.On the other hand, a better understanding and fuller resolutionof emotions allows a clearer view of the mental landscape.That might well lead to a more peaceful and joyful life. But itwould be an optional extra
 – 
bought with your own hard work.

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