How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain

How Emotions Are Made The Secret Life of the Brain A new theory of how the brain constructs emotions that could revolutionize psychology health care law enforcement and our understanding of the human mind Emotions feel automatic like uncontrollabl

  • Title: How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain
  • Author: Lisa Feldman Barrett
  • ISBN: 9780544133310
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A new theory of how the brain constructs emotions that could revolutionize psychology, health care, law enforcement, and our understanding of the human mind Emotions feel automatic, like uncontrollable reactions to things we think and experience Scientists have long supported this assumption by claiming that emotions are hardwired in the body or the brain Today, however,A new theory of how the brain constructs emotions that could revolutionize psychology, health care, law enforcement, and our understanding of the human mind Emotions feel automatic, like uncontrollable reactions to things we think and experience Scientists have long supported this assumption by claiming that emotions are hardwired in the body or the brain Today, however, the science of emotion is in the midst of a revolution on par with the discovery of relativity in physics and natural selection in biology ans this paradigm shift has far reaching implications for us all Leading the charge is psychologist and neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett, whose theory of emotion is driving a deeper understanding of the mind and brain, and shedding new light on what it means to be human Her research overturns the widely held belief that emotions are housed in different parts of the brain and are universally expressed and recognized Instead, she has shown that emotion is constructed in the moment, by core systems that interact across the whole brain, aided by a lifetime of learning This new theory means that you play a much greater role in your emotional life than you ever thought Its repercussions are already shaking the foundations not only of psychology but also of medicine, the legal system, child rearing, meditation, and even airport security Why do emotions feel automatic Does rational thought really control emotion How does emotion affect disease How can you make your children emotionally intelligent How Emotions Are Made answers these questions and many , revealing the latest research and intriguing practical applications of the new science of emotion, mind, and brain.

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    1. The basic message of this book is that emotions are subjective and constructed, and that neuro science proves it so. This message is in line with the frequently quoted Shakespeares' (Hamlet) "ere is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so". (Barrett do not make use of this quote).I will suggest instead reading the article "The theory of constructed emotion: an active inference account of interoception and categorization" by the author; affective-science/pubs The article is more cons [...]

    2. Most new pop science books irritate me since they give me nothing I didn't already know. This book is definitely an exception to that rule. I started liking this book from the very beginning, because I have previously read in over 20 books the experiment where they show photos of actors posed with an emotional expression of some kind and showed it to various people from different cultures and then claiming that each group shown the pictures knew what emotion was being invoked by the actor posing [...]

    3. I have to give this book 5 stars based on its audacity and ambition alone. The author fearlessly challenges some of the fields (affective psychology/neuroscience) most revered and respected theorists and researchers, including Jack Panksap, Antonio Damassio, Joseph LeDoux, Paul Ekman and even Charles Darwin. That's mad ballsy.The book is a virtual slaughterhouse of sacred cows. I have reservations about much of the authors assertions. It's hard not to, because she challenges so much the current [...]

    4. ‏ يعرض هذا الكتاب لـ"نطريةٍ" مختلفة تتبنّاها مؤلفته، حول مفهوم "المشاعر" وكيف "تُصنع" في ‏دواخلنا. تطرح الدكتورة "ليزا باريت" تصوّرها القائم على مشاعر "تُصنع" ابتداءً من مكونات فسيولوجية و ‏اجتماعية، ثمّ تُعلّم للإنسان –على امتداد عمره وإن كان أغلبها في طفولته- الذي يبدأ بـ"ت [...]

    5. Quite irritatingimarily because it purports to be a book about how the brain creates emotions, but it contains remarkably little neuroscience or detail about the brain. She makes lots of sweeping statements without showing sufficient evidence for them. It's not even really a book about emotions, but about categorization and prediction. So this book annoyed me a fair bit and I don't recommend it.FinallyI'm sorry, but there IS a difference between a muffin and a cupcake beyond the time of day duri [...]

    6. Disclaimer: As of yet, I have not entirely finished the book. In principle, if I do decide to write a review, it is after I finished the entire book. However, Dr. Barrett's way of arguing for the theory of constructed emotions feels more promotional and she does not quite prove her theory as the only valid option, and as such I am not as inclined to finish the book to the end, though I will try.In summary, the book argues against the idea that there is an innate sense of emotion; all our concept [...]

    7. This has been a great year for books on the workings of the brain with the release of Robert Sapolsky's latest work and now this groundbreaking contribution from Lisa Feldman Barrett. What Barrett has achieved here is a wonderful introduction, thorough description, and cogent examination of an alternative theory to the classical theory of emotion: "The Theory of Constructed Emotion." While some may already be familiar with the concept, this is the finest it has ever been posited. She deftly sums [...]

    8. ''A new theory of how the brain constructs emotions'' Wait, new?The writer is amazing (and very persuasive), she carries her theory all the way until the end, in an engaging and amusing way. The idea is that emotions don't have biological fingerprints, they are socially constructed. Therefore, people all over the world, experience different type of emotions (some of them unknown for others). She calls this ''the theory of constructed emotion.'' Though she doesn't talk much about the neuroscience [...]

    9. This book kind of blew my mind. Barrett is pushing a pretty revolutionary theory of emotion--that it is context-driven and culturally bound. She rejects the idea that all humans share emotions. Rather, she says emotions are learned through our culture and our language. I imagine that other academics in this area will push back on her bold theories, but it was fascinating to read this.

    10. Barrett believes that past theories of emotions are wrong. In that classical view, emotions are “essences,” with mental circuity in place, waiting to be triggered. Based on brain science, this view is no longer tenable, she says. Rather, we construct emotions. From culture, we form a concept of emotion; without a concept, we have no emotion. Culture lays down new wiring to reflect “social realities,” including how each culture defines what it means to be happy, sad, angry, etc. This expl [...]

    11. Lisa Feldman Barrett has written an ambitious book on the construction of emotions by presenting an old theory that she claims is new. She postulates in her theory that emotions are not a simple reaction to external stimulation that provokes a response from modules in the brain that are dedicated to mediating an appropriate emotive behavior. She calls this the classical theory that has been the standard for our understanding brain function for numerous years. She points out that her research an [...]

    12. What can I say! I wouldn’t think of a better book to start the year with!This book can help you understand how we creat our own realities and our own emotions and master themIf science is telling you that you can be the architect of your own experience then you need not to listen to anything else This book is highly recommended it’s so very interesting even though it’s all science:p

    13. A Lisa Feldman Barrett introduz um conceito bem radical de emoção neste livro, a emoção construída. Ela questiona muita, muita pesquisa na área, dizendo que emoções inatas como o reconhecimento de medo, raiva e alegria que muitos alegam ser universal é mais artifício do tipo de teste que fazem (que educa os povos isolados antes de perguntar) do que o que realmente acham. Ela dá uma perspectiva de emoção culturalmente construída que nunca tinha lido antes. O que faz deste livro no m [...]

    14. How Emotions Are Made was a breakthrough book for me. I have not read neuroscience and so her ideas were all new to my naïve self. In High School, I was strongly interested in Taoism. And one of the concepts that had the most impact upon me was the idea of the integrated life, the idea that one should not cut one’s life into pieces but instead should strive for a single authentic identity. Perhaps the strangest example of the inauthentic life was Freudian theory with its emphasis on the confl [...]

    15. Fascinating topic but felt too repetitive and over-simplistic in its explanations. Specifically the way Barett seemed to hover above the surface in her descriptions and deconstructions the mind. She offered useful metaphors to illustrate her arguments, but never really delved into the deeper neuroscience of how our brains actually craft emotions. I get that you never want to assume your readers will always know fundamental principles, but Barrett swung too much the other way for me; at times I f [...]

    16. How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett is a book that explores recent advances in neuroscience as they relate to the formation, experience and reaction to emotions. Barrett’s primary thesis is that emotions are not rigid constructs emitted by dedicated circuits within the brain, but rather emergent entities formed by three separate elements: affective realism, concepts, and social reality. This is a powerful concept; the idea that emotions are malleable and [...]

    17. <7.5h @ 2x. Contents:(view spoiler)[Barrett LF (2017) (14:32) How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the BrainIntroduction: The Two-Thousand-Year-Old Assumption01. The Search for Emotion’s “Fingerprints”02. Emotions Are Constructed03. The Myth of Universal Emotions04. The Origin of Feeling05. Concepts, Goals, and Words06. How the Brain Makes Emotions07. Emotions as Social Reality08. A New View of Human Nature09. Mastering Your Emotions10. Emotion and Illness11. Emotion and the Law12 [...]

    18. I heard a great interview with the author and thought her work on the science of emotions was fascinating. The book, I'm sorry to say, was hard to follow and just not well-organized. I think I was hoping to find the next Thinking, Fast and Slow, a book that has fascinated me for years and changed how I think about thinking.

    19. This review also appears on A few caveats before I begin the review proper - I take writing a negative review very seriously and understand full well that online actions have consequences. I also understand that the author is a far more accomplished, successful, intelligent, well-read and many other positive things, person that I will ever be. However, even brilliant people can be misguided. I know personally people have PhDs in the most rigorous scientific fields from the world's best universi [...]

    20. Smiling was invented by medieval peasantsThe Iraq war might never have happened if only Iraqis understood the emotion concepts of American state officialsThese are just some of the gems Barrett slips in whilst militating for constructionism. It really is a shame because Barrett is clearly such a deep thinker and her lab has made so many excellent insights. She often walks back from the extreme positions she takes but it's hard to separate her excellent science from her fanciful flag waving. The [...]

    21. Last year, I read a book entitled Anxiety, and I learned nothing about anxiety. This year, I read a book about how emotions are made, and I learned a lot about how we develop and express emotions. To master this material and sow how previous thinking on emotions had to require studying--really studying--hundreds of scientific articles. The author did this brilliantly and emerged with strong new ways to look at things. And I think she is right. Congratulations--a great scholarly achievement!Then [...]

    22. An excellent mix of brain and body science melded with psychology. Think you understand how emotions work? Read this book for a rethink. It will certainly not be the last word, but at least it should help update popular concepts of emotion that have remained stuck for decades. The penultimate chapter on the application of this new understanding of emotion to the law was in particular extremely compelling.

    23. Very interesting theory that challenges the classical view of cognition and emotions that we are all taught. With wide implications for an array of subjects, his theory at least invites the reader to participate more deeply in their culture and community, as we all help create each other's concepts and, by extension, emotions. Well worth the read.

    24. Finally! A psyc (well I guess neuroscience) book that has new information! Very interesting read that did upend my way of thinking about emotion.

    25. How Emotions Are Made is the rare sort of book that I read and think should be required reading for everyone. One of the few frustrations of having read it is that one has to continue existing in a world propped up on so much misunderstood (willfully and otherwise) science. Feldman Barrett explores in great detail the chasm-like cracks in the foundations of some of society’s most durable structures and institutions, especially the legal and healthcare systems; unfortunately, despite that lack [...]

    26. This is a well-researched and informative book. It provides a much more up-to-date view of emotions than those that now dominate popular and professional thinking. The "Theory of Constructed Emotions" that the author presents is well-supported and the book is a very worthwhile read for those interested in emotion. My only issue is the emphasis that is placed on the idea of "predictive neurons" -- the idea that our neurons are constantly making "best guesses" and predicting what we will experienc [...]

    27. Listened to the audiobook. It was great for taking on walks, being exposed to the world and changing sensory experiences and interpersonal input/output while listening to the constructionist theories being elaborated. (Since it was audio-only for me, the terminology is a bit fuzzy.)But I enjoyed the reframing of emotion concepts, and the discussion of how the concepts can be applied to daily life as well as law and legal procedure. I'm not doing it justice here, but I found the book very broaden [...]

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