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The Emotional Toolkit: Seven Power-Skills to Nail Your Bad Feelings Paperback – January 24, 2006
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Managing emotion has never been a part of school curriculum, nor has it been a regular part of parenting. Parents learn about managing emotion from their parents in a disorganized anecdotal fashion teased out by trial and error. A particularly adverturous child may have many opportunities for learning, while a child that is shy and/or particularly compliant has relatively few. The family style of emotion management is based on a coping method passed on informally from generation to generation by word of mouth. Our modern culture lacks the traditional rites of passage that help ensure we learn the skills of adulthood. Yet emotion management is the single most important skill that determines our social and economic success and ability to maintain our mental health. As a psychotherapist over the past 28 years, I have found that a major part of what I do is educating people on what their emotions mean and how to cope with them.
I recently had the good fortune of obtaining a copy of Dr. Darlene Mininni's book, The Emotional Tookit. This book is well organized and chock full of most every tool I can think of that will prepare the average person for managing the emotional rollercoaster of adulthood in a complicated world. Although written particularly for women using many real life examples from the author's clinical experience, the skills are just as applicable to men and simple enough to be incorporated in a pre-teen training curriculum. The skills are described in an easy to understand way with many examples of how they can be applied in situations we are all familar with. I greatly appreciate this book and will recommend it to my clients.
On a personal level, this book empowered me to both acknowledge the validity of my emotions and to find ways to actively manage them rather than letting them run my life. Dr. Mininni offers techniques that can work with every personality type, including some that I now incorporate into my daily routines. I found her sections on how to analyze your feelings by paying attention to your body signals to be especially helpful, since we often mask painful feelings beneath other emotions.
In short, The Emotional Toolkit is an outstanding choice for anyone looking to understand and manage feelings and emotions. I can't recommend it highly enough.
The examples, stories and guides are easy to relate to. You'll have a new understanding of yourself which is reassuringly validating and a perspective of your emotions which is surprisingly kind. If you have ever struggled with moods that last too long, or find yourself confused about how arelationship turned out, you will be clearer about yourself by the time you have finished one chapter. Of all the books I have ever read on understanding your feelings, this is the only one I felt was talking directly to me. I plan to buy several copies as gifts for my best girlfriends.
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Love this book. I bought it for a class I took in college but I actually enjoyed it very much. 10/10 do recommendPublished 1 month ago by Traxler99
It helped me focus on how I was dealing with life events. I recommend it.Published 8 months ago by Cindy
Cliche-ridden, read it in an hour. Appeals to the quick-fix community.Published 13 months ago by Marian Goodich
Very useful and helpful book for gaining more insight into negative emotions and how to change reactions to them.
Since most, if not all people, experience negative emotions, most, if not all, people would benefit from the techniques in this book if they do not know them already. Read morePublished on June 2, 2014 by John
Love this book I'm glad I got it! Very informational all backed by solid research. Not your typical self help book.Published on December 14, 2013 by LORI VLACH
If you've read self-help books before or know anything about behaviorial psych, this book was just another one on the shelf. Not worth the money for me.Published on September 23, 2013 by PATRICIA L DEGEETER