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Making Sense of Your Feelings

Mary C. Lamia


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

Emotions are a powerful and an extraordinary part of being human. Your emotions serve as an instant cueing system to inform you about a situation and motivate you to take action. If you are proud, you may feel confident enough to take on something new and challenging. If you are anxious, you may be motivated sharpen your focus and act quickly. If you are embarrassed, you may regret your misbehavior and try to do better.

Emotions Making Sense of Your Feelings will help you understand your emotions and gain powerful insight into who you are, how you appear to others, and what you can be. While your emotional life may feel tumultuous, your emotions are priceless. It's time to figure just what your emotions are telling you

From the Introduction:

Simply based on some of the research studies summarized in the various chapters of this book, you will learn that:
  • Focusing on feelings instead of details may lead to better quality decision for certain complex decisions
  • Anxiety can improve creativity, productivity, and the quality of your work.
  • Anxiety-sensitivity can lead to risky behavior.
  • Your friend's embarrassing behavior won't reflect on you.
  • Having a high potential to be embarrassed can lead you to hesitate helping someone else if your help might embarrass them.
  • Guilt helps you to maintain your relationships.
  • Showing the pride you have in achievements can help you socially.
  • Lonely people look for sources of acceptance in facial expressions.
  • Hope can affect expectation and how you feel.
  • Many people cry at a happy ending as a way to hold back the emotion of sadness
  • Venting anger doesn't help you.
  • Spiders may be more disgusting than frightening.
  • Envy leads people to focus on the details of those they envy.
  • When focusing on reading material for a test, pay attention to unappealing sentences.
  • Overvaluing happiness can possibly lead you to be less happy, even when happiness is within your reach.

Magination Press, 9781433811937, 146pp.

Publication Date: August 15, 2012

About the Author

Mary Lamia, PhD, is a psychologist and psychoanalyst who practices in Kentfield, California. She is also a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. Extending psychological knowledge to the public has been her endeavor for 30 years. For nearly a decade she hosted a weekly call-in talk show, "KidTalk With Dr. Mary," on Radio Disney stations, and her opinion has been sought in hundreds of television, radio, and print media interviews and discussions. She is the author of Understanding Myself and Emotions!: Making Sense of Your Feelings. Visit her at and follow her on Twitter: @DrLamia.