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True to Our Feelings What Our Emotions Are Really Telling Us

ISBN-10: 0195368533
ISBN-13: 9780195368536
Edition: 2008
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Description: We live our lives through our emotions, writes Robert Solomon, and it is our emotions that give our lives meaning. What interests or fascinates us, who we love, what angers us, what moves us, what bores us--all of this defines us, gives us  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/2/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 8.90" wide x 5.70" long x 0.90" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

We live our lives through our emotions, writes Robert Solomon, and it is our emotions that give our lives meaning. What interests or fascinates us, who we love, what angers us, what moves us, what bores us--all of this defines us, gives us character, constitutes who we are. In True to Our Feelings, Solomon illuminates the rich life of the emotions--why we don't really understand them, what they really are, and how they make us human and give meaning to life. Solomon provides a guide to cutting-edge scientific research, as well as to what philosophers and psychologists have said on the subject, but he also emphasizes the personal and ethical character of our emotions. He shows that emotions are not something that happen to us, nor are they irrational in the literal sense--rather, they are judgements we make about the world, and they are strategies for living in it. Fear, anger, love, guilt, jealousy, compassion--they are all essential to our values, to living happily, healthily, and well.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Emotional Strategies: An Existentialist Perspective
Anger as a Way of Engaging the World
Why It Is Good to Be Afraid
Varieties of Fear and Anger: Emotions and Moods
Lessons of Love (and Plato's Symposium)
We Are Not Alone: Compassion and Sympathy
Extremes of Emotion: Grief, Laughter, and Happiness
Self-Reproach in Guilt, Shame, and Pride
Nasty Emotions: Envy, Spite, Jealousy, Resentment, and Vengeance
Toward a General Theory: Myths about Emotions
What an Emotion Theory Should Do
Myth 1: Emotions Are Ineffable
Myth 2: Emotions Are Feelings
Myth 3: The Hydraulic Model
Myth 4: Emotions Are "in" the Mind
Myth 5: Emotions Are Stupid (They Have No Intelligence)
Myth 6: Two Flavors of Emotion, Positive and Negative
Myth 7: Emotions Are Irrational
Myth 8: Emotions Happen to Us (They Are "Passions")
The Ethics of Emotion: A Quest for Emotional Integrity
Emotions as Evaluative Judgments
Emotions, Self, and Consciousness
Emotional Experience ("Feelings")
The Universality of Emotions: Evolution and the Human Condition
Emotions Across Cultures
Happiness, Spirituality, and Emotional Integrity
Annotated Bibliography
Index

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