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Behavioral scientist and internationally renowned author of Emotional Intelligence and Working With Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman explores how we can learn to control the dangerous potential of negative emotions. Bringing together ancient Buddhist wisdom and recent breakthroughs in fields from neuroscience to child development, the book offers fresh insights into how we can recognize and transform the negative emotions that pose grave dangers to our individual and collective fate.
Goleman, scientific coordinator for a conference, sponsored by the Mind and Life Institute, explains the unspoken thinking, research, and social issues that inform the dialogue. In addition, Goleman’s narrative draws on extensive interviews, before and after the conference, with all of the major participants, to provide the enriching background detail essential for this "New Journalism" account.
Destructive Emotions is essential reading for anyone interested in psychology and the study of emotions.
"The scientists are...cutting edge neuroscientists and research psychologists, and the Buddhist participants are scientifically savvy, too, quite often Ph.D.'s themselves. A sublime intellectual experience with intriguing practical implications for a better world."
—Booklist (American Library Association)
Table of Contents:
Foreword by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama; Prologue: A Challenge for Humanity; A Scientific Collaboration: 1. The Lama in the Lab; 2. A Natural Scientist; Day One: What Are Destructive Emotions; 3. The Western Perspective (presenters: Alan Wallace and Owen Flanagan; 4. A Buddhist Psychology; (Presenter: Matthieu Ricard); 5. The Anatomy of Mental Afflictions (Presenters: Alan Wallace and Thupten Jinpa); Day Two: Feelings in Everyday Life; 6. The Evolution of Human Emotion (Presenter: Paul Ekman); 7. Cultivating Emotional Balance (Presenter: The Venerable Kusalacitto); Day Three: Windows Into Brain; 8. The Neuroscience of Emotion (Presenter: Richard Davidson); 9. Our Potential for Change; Day Four: Mastering Emotional Skills; 10. The Influence of Culture (Presenter: Jeanne Tsai); 11. Schooling for the Good Heart (Presenter: Mark Greenberg); 12. Encouraging Compassion; Day Five: Reasons for Optimism; 13. The Scientific Study of Consciousness (Presenter: Francisco Varela); 14. The Protean Brain (Presenter: Richard Davidson); Afterword: The Journey Continues; Notes; Acknowledgments; Index