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Emotional Alchemy: How the Mind Can Heal the Heart

Emotional Alchemy: How the Mind Can Heal the Heart


Emotional Alchemy: How the Mind Can Heal the Heart

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4.5/5 (52 valutazioni)
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3 ore
Pubblicato:
Mar 1, 2003
ISBN:
9781593970451
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Audiolibro

Descrizione

Just as alchemists sought to transform lead into gold, we all have the natural ability to transform moments of confusion and emotional pain into insightful clarity.

Lovingly, clearly, Tara Bennett-Goleman shows how most of what troubles us falls into ten basic emotional patterns or schemas, including perfectionism, vulnerability, mistrust, and the fear of abandonment. Through schema therapy, she teaches us how to break free from such patterns and replace them with empathy for ourselves and others, and gives us the freedom to be more creative and alive.

A New York Times best seller, Emotional Alchemy explores the latest research in cognitive therapy and neuroscience, including the "magic quarter-second": the moment in which it is possible for a thought to be "caught" before it turns into an emotional reaction; the moment in which we can reject a self-defeating emotional impulse. The program then powerfully combines this science with ancient Buddhist wisdom that guides us to end our self-destructive habits. These teachings include the meditative awareness of mindfulness: an awareness that lets us see things as they truly are without distortion or judgment, enabling us to change not only our lives, but the very structure of our brains.

Wise and pragmatic, gentle and inspiring, this is a liberating journey for those who wish to free themselves from suffering or help others on the way.

A Macmillan Audio production.

Pubblicato:
Mar 1, 2003
ISBN:
9781593970451
Formato:
Audiolibro

Informazioni sull'autore

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


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  • (5/5)
    Saw this book just at the right time for reflection. Thank you!
  • (5/5)
    Straightforward! New concepts easy to understand. Would've loved more practical actions from a self help book but I guess I have to read more
  • (4/5)

    4 persone l'hanno trovata utile

    The main focus of this book is a kind of psychotherapy based on the notion of schemas, which are habitual patterns of perceptions, emotions, reactions, etc. that get set generally at a young age in response to some kind of pattern of stress or abuse or trauma. By seeing clearly the patterns that trap us, we can gradually disentangle ourselves from them. There is clearly some kind of parallel or connection with Buddhist practice, and exploring this is the other main theme of the book.The discussion of schema therapy is quite useful. There are lots of examples and the stages of working through these patterns is clearly elaborated. I remain rather unclear on the extent to which these patterns tend to fall into neat categories, versus being more of a multidimensional spectrum where the labels are more of an arbitrary division of a continuity. But this is not a very important distinction for practical purposes.I find the connection with Buddhist practice to be very compelling but the further the book got into Buddhist notions, the more confused it seemed to get. I've been reasonably closely involved in the Buddhist scene for about 40 years, so by now I certainly have my own ways of understanding these notions. A lot of the problems come just from terminology. Equanimity often means just a kind of calmness. But in Buddhism, the word is most often used to mean a kind of relaxation of the distinction between friends and enemies, between those who are near and those who are far. Bennett-Goleman includes lots of great quotes from great teachers, but I didn't find them very coherently situated.Another complaint I'd make... the penultimate sentence of the book reads: "One path leads to further entanglement, reactivity, and a thickening of the fog of confusion, the other toward the refinement of awareness and the unfolding of compassionate wisdom." I think this kind of sharp distinction between doing it right versus doing it wrong is not very helpful. There is also some discussion of relative versus ultimate truth earlier in the final chapters. This stuff gets very subtle. If a person starts to grab on to ultimate truth as something distinct from relative truth... eeek, methinks one has gone astray. Similarly... certainly there is a useful distinction to be made between more grasping and less grasping. But when you dig a bit deeper, a lot of practice is more progressive, more a matter of working from one stage to another stage, like climbing a ladder, where one grasps the next rung as one releases one's grasp on a previous rung. There are lots of effective ways to work with the challenges of one's reactive habits, confusion, etc. It's not really like a fork in the road. It's a lot vaster than that.The schema bits of the book I found quite good. The Buddhist bits I found a bit scrambled. If the Buddhist bits inspire readers to dig deeper and to follow up with books by the authors quoted by Bennett-Goleman... they'll be very well served!

    4 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • (5/5)

    3 persone l'hanno trovata utile

    This book can help one reshape their world view, deal with their inner demons that constantly whisper negatives in their ears and emerge with a refreshing, enlightened view of themselves and their lives. I am grateful for the mindfulness techniques described and offered herein.

    3 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • (5/5)

    3 persone l'hanno trovata utile

    One of my favorite reads..highly recommend have read it twice already and no doubt will again.

    3 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • (1/5)

    1 persona l'ha trovata utile

    The use of the word alchemy is misleading! This is a mindfulness psychological book, another Self help book.

    1 persona l'ha trovata utile

  • (4/5)

    2 persone l'hanno trovata utile

    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 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • (5/5)
    This book introduced me to meditation. It's a great way to understand and take care of emotions.
  • (5/5)
    This is good pyschology AND good Buddhism.