Healing Through the Dark Emotions

Healing Through the Dark Emotions

The Wisdom of Grief, Fear and Despair

Book - 2004
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Nautilus Book Award Winner - Gold

We are all touched at some point by the dark emotions of grief, fear, or despair. In an age of global threat, these emotions have become widespread and overwhelming. While conventional wisdom warns us of the harmful effects of "negative" emotions, this revolutionary book offers a more hopeful view: there is a redemptive power in our worst feelings. Seasoned psychotherapist Miriam Greenspan argues that it's the avoidance and denial of the dark emotions that results in the escalating psychological disorders of our time: depression, anxiety, addiction, psychic numbing, and irrational violence. And she shows us how to trust the wisdom of the dark emotions to guide, heal, and transform our lives and our world.

Drawing on inspiring stories from her psychotherapy practice and personal life, and including a complete set of emotional exercises, Greenspan teaches the art of emotional alchemy by which grief turns to gratitude, fear opens the door to joy, and despair becomes the ground of a more resilient faith in life.
Publisher: Boston, Mass. ; London : Shambhala, 2004
ISBN: 9781590301012
Characteristics: 336 p. ; 23 cm


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Sep 05, 2014

There were a few things that resonated with me in this book, but most of it was too, for lack of a better word, new age-y for my tastes. That said, I'd recommend checking it out and scanning it and seeing if it's for you or not - I think it's a good enough book that it's worth a try.


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