- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (May 6, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195051378
- ISBN-13: 978-0195051377
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.1 x 6.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,250,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Feeling Good: The Science of Well-Being 1st Edition
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) is a service we offer sellers that lets them store their products in Amazon's fulfillment centers, and we directly pack, ship, and provide customer service for these products. Something we hope you'll especially enjoy: FBA items qualify for FREE Shipping and Amazon Prime.
If you're a seller, Fulfillment by Amazon can help you grow your business. Learn more about the program.
Books with Buzz
Discover the latest buzz-worthy books, from mysteries and romance to humor and nonfiction. Explore more
Customers who bought this item also bought
"A remarkably ambitious and scholarly masterpiece from a gifted psychiatrist with a deep understanding of human nature. By weaving a fascinating tapestry of philosophy, psychology, mystical experience, the latest neurobiology and genetics, Cloninger has produced fresh and practical insights into the human mind."--Frederick K. Goodwin, M.D., Former Director, National Institute of Mental Health, Host of public radio's The Infinite Mind
"In this audacious new book, Robert Cloninger provides a rare synthesis of the biological, the psychosocial, and the spiritual. The author manages to be comprehensive in scope, scholarly in method, yet accessible in his prose style. He forges a new integrative understanding of what it means to be human in a provocative and imaginative tour de force."--Glen O. Gabbard, M.D., Brown Foundation Chair of Psychoanalysis and Professor of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine
"...a book that demands slow reading, over time, careful chewing and repeated reference."--Nassir Ghaemi, M.D., M.A., M.P.H., Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Director, Bipolar Disorders Program, Emory School of Medicine
About the Author
C. Robert Cloninger is at Washington University School of Medicine.
Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features:
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Not that the book has no clearly argued and well documented sections. The author has a well argued case to make against the vaunted "five factor" model of personality which dominates academic psychology's view of that vexed topic.
His account of personality as rooted in temperament, character, and levels of intuitive perceptions of salient episodes in one's personal history may not fare well when judged against the fetishes of factor analysis, but there is a massive amount of empirical evidence supporting the reliability and utility of the Temperament and Character Inventory based on his view. Each of his seven dimensions has a clear meaning rooted in solid biopsychosocial consensus about the basic processes of human learning and memory. This is truly an excellent foundation on which to build.
But Cloninger's style of argument sometimes lapses into that 19th century genre an unnecessarily caustic critic of philosopher and historian of science William Whewell dismissed with the jibe, "I suppose he has read the prefaces of a great many books." Far too many laurel wreaths and dunce caps are awarded on the basis of much too little argument.
My most serious reservation in matters essential to the book's basic argument is that its account of personality development, or as Cloninger has it, the "path of the psyche," falls short of the standard he sets for himself in his account of personality's functional architecture.
Here Freud's "phylogenetic fantasy" rides again. "Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny!" even though we are told in Table 3.2 that the temporal sequences (of the development) of the processes of human thought" exactly reverse those exhibited in the phylogeny of cognitiion. Even "exactly" is a stretch, given the paucity of real evidence in this section.
The section on development is also limited by excessive reliance on Cloninger's own clinical experience and his analysis of the thought processes of American transcendentalists. As a result these arguments have no more than heuristic power. They might guide future investigation; they do not command assent.
Finally, on the key point of personality development, there is no indication that Cloninger's clinical experience includes work with children, and the book's otherwise luxurious bibliography gives scant attention to the best current literature on child development.
Dr. Cloninger takes us through his initial 2 theories of personality and shows how neither his biological model nor his cognitive model of personlity (nor contemporary theories of personality for that matter) are comprehensive enough to explain many fundamental human experiences such as: creativity, self-awareness, free-will, and intuition. Inspired by these limitations he conceived his model of coherence which points to human self-awareness as the path towards well-being. He describes the importance of rational intuition vs. the inadequacy of reason and cognitive strategies for acquiring freedom and happiness; then he dares the reader to inquire into whether it is possible "to learn to share the intuitions of a wise person." Integrating recent scientific discoveries from biology, genetics, physics, and neurology with the philosophical and moral truths from the likes of Plato, St. Augustine, Spinoza, Hegel, and Gandhi, Dr. Cloninger's Feeling Good is a book that is certain to become landmark on the path of well-being.