Review: The Emotional Life of Your Brain

The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live--and How You Can Change ThemThe Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live–and How You Can Change Them by Richard J. Davidson, Sharon Begley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Valuable read, if not a bit long winded in places. I appreciated the expansion on the emotional styles that make us unique and how the brain processes and interprets emotion. Much of the text is dedicated to the research and history of studying emotion and the brain, and also expounding upon the authors’ experiences in researching this multidimensional topic. But I’ll admit there were times the narrative lost my attention because it was so bogged down in the actual portrayal of these experiences and information. That’s one of the reasons why it took me so long to pick this up, through a series of starts and stops. I thought it was very interesting and valuable, but even as an academically oriented text, I don’t think there was a cohesiveness to the topic highlighted in each chapter versus what was portrayed. The questionaires on emotional patterns/dimension and diagrams highlighting the different parts of the brain were valuable, though, and I think people who want an introduction to how the brain functions with respect to emotions and its reactions will like this as a scientific read. For a self-help read, however, it’s a bit weighted.

Overall score: 3/5

Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher Penguin Group (USA).

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