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The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion: How Feelings Link the Brain, the Body, and the Sixth Sense Paperback – May 21, 2009
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"The authors have previously documented an apparent overlap between anomalous perceptions and various physical sensitivities. . .explains what the overlap might mean, i.e., how it sheds light on the development of the self and the foundational role of sentience in shaping our cognitions, memories, and dreams." (ASD International Association for the Study of Dreams, Sept 2009)
"This book is particularly valuable for anyone who is especially sensitive to the environment (light, noise, smell, chemicals), since it puts those experiences in a new context and helps us understand the benefits and side effects of being unusually sensitive." (Elaine Zablocki, Townsend Letter, The Examiner of Alternative Medicine, Oct 2009)
"The paranormal is looked at in a completely fresh and new way, as a natural component to more creative, sensitive ways of relating. . . . This book is a must for any counselor, therapist, or medical professional. For the rest of us, well, there are many surprises here." (P.M.H. Atwater, L.H.D, author of The Big Book of Near-Death Experiences and The New Children and Nea)
"Neurochemistry and new age thought blend in a fine research-based examination perfect for new age and science libraries alike." (The Midwest Book Review, Oct 2009)
"The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion makes remarkably good sense. Both the scientist and the student will learn immensely from it. If you really want to know how highly I think of the book, I read it twice." (The Amazing Kreskin, Dec 2009)
"The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion begins by looking at our assumptions and misassumptions about emotions. In particular, I was intrigued by the dialogue about sensitivities. . . . very interesting and well worth more examination." (Tami Brady, TCM Reviews, July 2010)
"It is very readable, very informative--and highly recommended." (Robert A. Charman, Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, October 2010)
“. . . well written and is almost as encyclopedia of research on anomalous experiences, plus even more interesting science about trauma, emotions, electromagnetic energy, and the body/mind. You will learn a lot and enjoy it.” (The Highly Sensitive Person, December 2010)
“Jawer and Micozzi articulate one of the most profound understandings of consciousness since Descartes. The book brings Antonio Damasio’s ‘feeling brain’ into full embodiment. It is a monumental contribution to understanding ourselves as human beings.” (Allan Combs, Ph.D., author of The Radiance of Being)
“This book is a comprehensive collection of opinions, anecdotes, and scientific studies; the authors weave these into the supporting structure of their theory. The book is a comfortable, easy read; it is well-organized and referenced from beginning to end. It is appropriate for both professionals and academics in the fields of neuroscience and cognitive science, yet at the same time does not exclude a much larger audience.” (The Journal of Mind and Behavior (Volume 31, Numbers 3 and 4), March 2011)
"An insightful exploration of the powerful capacities of the mind-body connection, and its inherent link with perception." (Andrew Weil, M.D., author of Spontaneous Healing and Natural Health, Natural Medicine)
“The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion is truly connective, bridging the disciplines of biology, neurology, immunology, psychology, and spirituality. This is a book for the 21st century that will open and enlarge our minds, hearts, and spirits.” (Miriam Greenspan, author of Healing Through the Dark Emotions)
“The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion is brilliant . . . comprehensive . . . holistic.” (Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., editor of Advances in Parapsychological Research and coeditor of The Variet)
“The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion is a landmark book that presents a picture of consciousness that is far more majestic than anything conceived in conventional neuroscience. Based in solid science, this bold effort will challenge anyone who reads it with an open mind. Highly recommended.” (Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Recovering the Soul and Reinventing Medicine)
“The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion presents a unique and arresting view of such topics as mind, body, memory, illness, perception, and emotion. The authors show us an altogether novel way of understanding who we are and what we’re about. There’s more to being human than we ever imagined, and this book is an excellent roadmap for anyone who wants to take that journey.” (Eric Leskowitz, M.D., department of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School)
“I agree completely with the thesis in The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion from what I have observed in the many case reports we receive from the general public; from a monthly paranormal experience group at our center; and from my experience as a clinical psychologist.” (Sally Feather, Ph.D., director of research, Rhine Research Center)
“Jawer and Micozzi have come up with important findings that could open up a whole new field of research.” (Carlos Alvarado, Ph.D., assistant professor of research in Psychiatric Medicine, University of Virgi)
“Jawer and Micozzi have collected a unique body of data on environmental sensitivity, which has great relevance to human health and psychology. They put together this data with original ideas on emotion very persuasively in The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion. I highly recommend this well-written and accessible book.” (Ernest Hartmann, M.D., author of Dreams and Nightmares and Boundaries in the Mind, professor of psyc)
"This is another book that I found to be valuable in a variety of ways. Primarily, it opened my eyes to the wide variety of experiments that have been done with regard to emotions and their influences both within and without the individual. It also showed possible areas of exploration regarding poltergeists and some other phenomena. . . . well worth the time and effort to read." (Michael Gleason, Witchgrove.com, July 2009)
"Recommended by Dr. Andrew Weil, this book should be on every scholar's library shelf. If you're interested in holistic medicine and the mind-body connection, this is a book you simply must read, fascinating page to fascinating page, story to story, and cover to cover. Events and experiences you have heard about or experienced may actually begin to make sense." (Lynette Fleming, BasilandSpice.com, Sept 2009)
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“An insightful exploration of the powerful capacities of the mind-body connection and its inherent link with perception.”
--Andrew Weil, M.D., author of Spontaneous Healing and Natural Health, Natural Medicine
“The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion is truly connective, bridging the disciplines of biology, neurology, immunology, psychology, and spirituality. This is a book for the 21st century that will open and enlarge our minds, hearts, and spirits.”
--Miriam Greenspan, author of Healing Through the Dark Emotions
Contemporary science holds that the brain rules the body and generates all our feelings and perceptions. Michael Jawer and Dr. Marc Micozzi disagree. They contend that it is our feelings that underlie our conscious selves and determine what we think and how we conduct our lives.
The less consciousness we have of our emotional being, the more physical disturbances we are likely to have--from ailments such as migraines, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and post-traumatic stress to anomalous perceptions such as apparitions and involuntary out-of-body experiences. Using the latest scientific research on immunity, sensation, stress, cognition, and emotional expression, the authors demonstrate that the way we process our feelings provides a key to who is most likely to experience these phenomena and why. They explain that emotion is a portal into the world of extraordinary perception, and they provide the studies that validate the science behind telepathic dreams, poltergeists, and ESP. The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion Challenges the prevailing belief that the brain must necessarily rule the body. Far from being by-products of neurochemistry, the authors show that emotions are the key vehicle by which we can understand ourselves and our interactions with the world around us as well as our most intriguing--and perennially baffling--experiences.
MICHAEL A. JAWER is an emotion researcher and expert on “sick building syndrome.” He lives in Vienna, Virginia. MARC S. MICOZZI, M.D., Ph.D., is adjunct professor of physiology and biophysics at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He edited the first U.S. alternative medicine textbook, Fundamentals of Complementary & Alternative Medicine. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, and Rockport, Massachusetts.
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Michael Jawer began his journey as a consultant on `sick building syndrome' in Washington, D.C. While interviewing environmentally sick people, he wondered whether how much of their illnesses were due to their physical environment, and how much to their `felt environment'. He began to suspect that their issues were neither entirely `in their mind' nor entirely external. Many of these people were `sensitive', and could apparently see and feel (and react to) stimuli imperceptible to `normal' folks. Among the stimuli that these sensitives sometimes experienced were apparitions and `anomalous phenomena' (e.g. ghosts, poltergeists, `presences'). And so began his long investigation into the neurobiology of sensitivity.
Jawer theorizes that different forms of subjective experience share a common neurobiological basis. In a fascinating chapter titled "Sensitivity, Personality Traits and Anomalous Perception," he points out that anomalous talents may be associated with specific personality traits. In this regard he cites the pioneering work of such researchers as Jean Ayres with sensory defensiveness, Elaine Aron's concept of `highly sensitive people,' Michael Thalheim's concept of `transliminality,' and Ernest Hartmann's ideas re: `thick and thin boundaries.'
Jawer presents a long and impassioned argument for the central role of sentience, feeling and emotion in human experience. Building on the work of Damasio, J.Read more ›
Modern scientists believe all our feelings and perceptions begin in the brain. In this book, the authors present a compelling case that it is the opposite ... that it is our feelings which determine what we think and how we live, and that they "are the product of interaction between raw sensation on the one hand and mental activity on the other."
Recently, prior to helping my company defend an unemployment claim, a business acquaintance shared her "crazy" morning with me. She was in the basement when suddenly all the buttons on her washer and dryer began turning on and off. Not knowing what to do, she yelled "Cut it out." Suddenly everything stopped. Then she smelled her recently deceased mother's perfume (which she didn't particularly like while her mother was living). Is this down-to-earth arbitrator crazy? Nope ... she is one of the "sensitive" people discussed at length in this book ... people who have perceptions and visions which cannot be explained.
Know anybody with fibromyalgia? Chronic fatigue? Migraines?Read more ›
I was pleased to pick up a few gems of awareness myself, such as:
...the term "biophilia," coined by Harvard University biologist Edward O. Wilson... alludes...to "the connections that human beings subconsciously seek with the rest of life. Examples of biophilia include:
...The appeal of house pets and companion animals
...Our interest in gardening and keeping plants in our homes and offices
...The value of taking a stroll in the woods or getting more vigorous exercise outside...
Accumulating evidence suggests that, when we indulge our biophilia, we derive tangible benefit. (p. 445-6)
And I love the term I'd never encountered before, 'empathosphere,' coined by Michael Fox "to describe 'a universal realm of feeling that can transcend both space and time.' " (p.Read more ›
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Really loved this book, bought several for my girls and friends too!Published 3 months ago by Gena Lou
I got this book in a very timely manner and it is a very good book. I am not finished with it yet but its still good so farPublished 20 months ago by Kelli Hayward
For a teen that struggles with peer pressure and emotional ups and downs, this book is essential to help her/him make an abstract topic more tangible and believable. Read morePublished on January 2, 2014 by Michael D. Conrad
If you are just getting into psychology or just want to know a little bit more about feelings whether it is your own or others, this is a grate book to start out with. Read morePublished on April 8, 2011 by Dottie MT Joyal
Boundaries -- thick and thin -- this continuum in people is an underlying concept in Jawer and Micozzi's exploration of attributing "paranormal" events to one's internal feelings... Read morePublished on November 4, 2010 by New Connexion Journal
This is an excellent up to date review of the various studies being done on why some folks have paranormal experiences. It's thick and will take awhile to read but well worth it. Read morePublished on October 25, 2010 by Luna Scorp
I think the title of the book is misleading. A more appropriate title would have been "The Emotional Anatomy of Spirituality."Published on October 22, 2009 by B. Kauffman
Modern science contends the brain rules the body and generates feelings and perceptions: these two authors argue that it is feeling that underlies consciousness and determines how... Read morePublished on October 14, 2009 by Midwest Book Review
I was introduced to this work by an old friend who had the opportunity to see the author during an event in North Carolina. Read morePublished on September 28, 2009 by Brenda J. Williams