Their conversations spanned the neuroscience of emotions, the nature of consciousness, and some of the latest scientific findings on how to master negative emotions and encourage compassion.
In Destructive Emotions , Daniel Goleman , the author of Emotional Intelligence and coordinator of the Dharamasala meeting, chronicles these occasionally technical and esoteric discussions with clarity and humor. In one session, Richard Davidson , a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison , presents startling research about how the brain acts before, during, and after emotional states.
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His hypothesis: humans can use reason and intellect to improve their emotional balance, permanently changing the way their brain functions in the process. Children in the program learn to understand and manage their emotions better by calming themselves, discussing their feelings, and anticipating and preparing for emotional experiences.
Perhaps the most enlightening implication of Destructive Emotions is that rigorous scientific study of emotions, positive and negative, is making exciting progress. Become a subscribing member today.