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Book of Human Emotions: An Encyclopaedia of…

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by Watt Smith Tiff

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I really enjoyed the book. I kept going back and forth between wanting more elaboration and enjoying the quick, lightness to how it is currently written. Overall, a fun and interesting read with a few descriptions that felt particularly well-researched and cleverly written. While some were obscure and some obvious, I found myself drawn to the way she described and researched even the obvious emotions. ( )
  slrosso | Apr 10, 2017 |
I meant to dip into this book once in awhile as it's truly just an alphabetical listing of emotions that the author chose to write small essays on (sometimes only a line or paragraph, sometimes several pages). She disavows any idea that this is at all a comprehensive list, but she does cover most of the emotions that are part of our day-to-day lives - as well as a few entirely new (to me) ones.

The thing is, as I started reading, I found myself continuing on, reading it as though it were a narrative and about half-way through I began to think this would make an excellent self-help book in an odd and quirky way. Many of her essays get to the heart of the emotion and leaves the reader with a lot to consider; some of her entries consider the emotion's original meaning and context and often I found this enough to put things into perspective regarding the fun fair that is the inside of my own head sometimes.

Whether it's read cover to cover or dipped into on occasion, this is a genuinely lovely book and well worth reading for anyone curious about philosophy or psychology. ( )
  murderbydeath | Nov 9, 2016 |
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The Book of Human Emotions is a gleeful, thoughtful collection of 156 feelings, both rare and familiar. Each has its own story, and reveals the strange forces which shape our rich and varied internal worlds. In reading it, you'll discover feelings you never knew you had (like basorexia, the sudden urge to kiss someone), uncover the secret histories of boredom and confidence, and gain unexpected insights into why we feel the way we do.
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Recent reports have suggested there may be as few as seven 'basic' emotions. If this makes you experience uncertainty, mistrust and possibly even disappointment - this book is here to prove you right. In fact, emotions are a vast, rich and varied field, influencing every area of our lives; from anger to zeal, each entertaining and informative bite-size entry in this book explores a feeling or an emotional topic, drawing on art, science, literature, music and popular culture to reveal the surprising connections and fascinating facts behind our emotional lives.… (more)

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