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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Magination Press; 1 edition (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433811936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433811937
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #959,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A practical and useful, lucid book that helps to unlock many of the mysteries and vexing challenges of emotions and their effect on us and, perhaps most important of all, the wisdom of how to deal with them.
--Michael Krasny, Host, KQED-FM Forum program, San Francisco

As a teenager in high school, I am exposed to a full range of emotions at any give time, and Lamia's book helps me make sense of those feelings...You can pick up Emotions! and read any chapter on its own and find it really beneficial.
--Alex Jekowsky, High School Student, Happiness Blogger, and Aspiring Psychologist

Understandable, concise, and informative, this book is a great one for teens to have on reference to fully understand any and all emotions they might be feeling. It provides an anatomical overview of how emotions affect teens physiologically as well as delves into social situations that are prevalent in teen life.
--Lena Felton, High School Student

...an extensively researched book chock-full of interesting facts and studies. From the beginning, it is very clear and it lucidly defines the plethora of terms surrounding this complex topic.
--Henry Kinder, High School Student

Written in lucid prose, readers will feel as if they are engaged in a conversation with Dr. Lamia. Readers of this book will learn to use their own emotions wisely.
--Mardi Horowitz, M.D., Distinguished professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Franciso

"Emotions! Making Sense of Your Feelings explains the inner-workings of the array of emotions teens experience. Understandable, concise, and informative, this book is a great one for teens to have on reference to fully understand any and all emotions they might be feeling. It provides an anatomical overview of how emotions affect teens physiologically as well as delves into social situations that are prevalent in teen life. The book is an excellent guide for teenagers who seek to understand what they re feeling, why they re feeling it, and how to cope." ---Lena Felton, High School Student

"Emotions! Making Sense of Your Feelings, is an extensively researched book chock-full of interesting facts and studies. From the beginning, it is very clear and it lucidly defines the plethora of terms surrounding this complex topic. The author, Dr. Mary Lamia, does a great job of distinguishing the reality about emotions from the way that they are culturally perceived. This book also answers the question of why we experience these emotions from an evolutionary perspective. It was informative and gave me tools to think about these issues in my daily life." ---Henry Kinder, High School Student

"A veteran and highly respected psychologist, Dr. Mary Lamia takes her readers on an important educational and illuminating understanding not only of their own emotions but those of others with whom they interact. A practical and useful, lucid book that helps to unlock many of the mysteries and vexing challenges of emotions and their effect on us and, perhaps most important of all, the wisdom of how best to deal with them." ---Michael Krasny, Host, KQED-FM "Forum" program, San Francisco, and Professor of English at San Francisco State University

From the Back Cover

What is the point of guilt? Or anxiety? Or hope? Just what are these emotions trying to tell you? Everything!

Emotions are a powerful and extraordinary part of being human. Your emotions serve as an instant cueing system to inform you about situations and motivate you to take action. Anxiety can sharpen your focus and direct your attention. Pride can lead you to take on something new and challenging. Guilt can motivate you to correct situations that interfere with your relationships.  All of your emotions are valuable--they inform you, affect the decisions you make, and can motivate you to reach your goals.

Emotions! Making Sense of Your Feelings will help you gain powerful insight into a significant part of who you are. While your emotional life may feel tumultuous, your emotions are priceless. It's time to figure out just what your emotions are telling you!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Teressa Morris on October 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
I first discovered Dr. Mary Lamia while I was doing research for my upcoming book on bullying. Honestly, i believe I googled the phrase "bullying expert" and sent emails to about five different people. Dr. Lamia was one of the three who was gracious enough to respond. She was more than gracious to answer my questions on the motivations behind bullying and even offered to send me a copy of her upcoming book. I was pleasantly surprised when Emotions!: Making Sense of Your Feelings arrived in my mailbox.

My son, Bud, has struggled with anxiety and depression for many years. Recently, through the right mix of medication and learning how to deal appropriately with his emotions, he has grown into an enjoyable and responsible young man. I wish that Dr. Lamia's book had been available when Bud was first diagnosed. It might have helped us all make it through the process more easily.

One of the best things about this book is it is a really remarkable reference that you can keep in your library for your teenagers, young adults (even you, yourself) to go to anytime they are unsure of what they are feeling. Dr. Lamia writes in the introduction:

You don't necessarily have to read this book cover to cover. Depending on what you're experiencing, you can choose a chapter that resonates with you.

There's a chapter for each emotion. Included are:
Anxiety, fear, embarrassment, shame, guilt, pride, loneliness, hope, sadness, anger, disgust, envy, interest, happiness

Each chapter includes:
a definition and real life example of the emotion, backed by research studies
i.e. -anxiety over a big test

Ways that the emotion can be positive
i.e.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By entertaining guest on August 24, 2012
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While it has been a long time since I was a teenager, there are times when I can still remember how confused and overwhelmed I was by my feelings. This is a book that not only names those feelings, but gives all of us--adolescents and those for whom that state is still a haunting memory--a chance to learn how to address our feelings in the most helpful manner possible. It is a cliche to say "I wish I had this book when I was fifteen," but the truth is any fifteen year old would find this book invaluable. And for those of us who are fifteen several times over, EMOTIONS! is not only useful but reassuring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Barton on January 2, 2013
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Reading this will put words to your feelings and help you to feel normal. It's an easy read. I recommend it to clients.
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By Tracey on September 18, 2013
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It really lives up to it's title... really helped to understand my daughter and what she is going through. Wonderful.
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More About the Author

I'm a clinical psychologist in Marin County, California, and a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. Teaching the public about the psychology of human behavior has been something I've done for over 30 years. Please visit my website: http://www.marylamia.com

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