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How emotions are made

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Surely you have been tormented by the following question more than once: how to deal with emotions? But have you also wondered which comes first: thought or feeling?

And what exactly are emotions used for? What is the relationship between emotions, our beliefs, needs, and values?

Most importantly: are emotions out of our control, or we do have a choice in our attitudes and behavior? If so, when and in relation to which emotions?

The answers to these questions are important because it is emotions that really decide which activities and goals we will start and which we will leave for later. It is emotions that determine most of our purchasing decisions. But they also determine the flexible change of our behavior and the ability to adapt to the situation.

This free 30-page pdf eBook answers these questions

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Scientific advances in research on emotions

Scientists have long believed that emotions are built into the body and encoded in the brain. One of them was Paul Ekman, an American psychologist, a pioneer in the field of research on emotions, and one of the 100 most outstanding psychologists of the twentieth century. It was he who in the 1970s published the concept of Basic Emotions and their facial expression.

However, since the beginning of the 21st century, the science of emotions has been undergoing a revolution - mainly due to access to modern methods of imaging the work of the brain. 

Among the scientists of the 21st century, worth distinguishing is Lisa Feldman Barrett, professor of psychology at Northeastern University, author of the groundbreaking book "How Emotions Are Made. The Secret Life of the Brain" published in 2017.

She is the author of the concept of Constructed Emotions, which undermines the current way of thinking about emotions and brings many practical consequences.

Is Maslow's pyramid of needs still valid?

You've definitely met Maslow's Pyramid. The Maslow Pyramid, otherwise known as the Needs Hierarchy, is the best-known theory about the needs and motivations that guide human behavior.

Abraham Maslow was an American psychologist who, based on his research, classified and divided all the needs of each person into five groups.

But he did so in 1943.

The world has changed a lot since then. And although the Maslow Pyramid still applies in its foundations, in today's world most of our society (or at least most people living in highly developed countries) have their basic needs met, and paradoxically struggle with the needs of a higher level. These needs change with the increase in the pace of life, the development of technology, and civilization in general.

Therefore, in our free pdf ebook titled "How emotions are made?", In addition to comparing the theory of Basic Emotions and Constructed Emotions, you will also find a reference to Maslow's pyramid and a list of modern human needs according to the concept of the so-called Non-Violent Communication (NVC)

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In addition, in our free ebook on emotions, we have also included a full list of emotions shown in two scenes: when our needs ARE satisfied and when our needs are NOT satisfied.

The full table of contents for the e-book on emotions looks like this

1. How emotions are made - introduction

2. Paul Ekman's Concept of Basic Emotions

3. Lisa Feldman Barrett's Concept of Constructed Emotions

4. Concepts Comparison and what it means in practice

5. Maslow's pyramid of needs

6. List of modern man's needs according to Non-Violent Communication (NVC)

7. List of all emotions

8. Summary and conclusions

9. Eight practical tips


So if you are interested in these topics, we invite you to fill out a simple form and download a free pdf ebook entitled "How emotions are made?". It has been designed in such a way as to enable the most comfortable use of it directly on the screen of a computer, laptop, or smartphone.

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The undoubted advantage of this e-book is the combination of topics: emotions, beliefs, values, and needs and relating them to the most current situation of the 21st century - both in the area of science development and the development of modern man.

And the most valuable parts of it seem to be:
Summary and Conclusions and 8 Practical Tips.

We tried to structure this e-book in such a way that, on the one hand, it would contain proven, authoritative knowledge, on the other hand, it would translate this knowledge into the practical language of our everyday life and, finally, provide very practical tips.

The 8 Practical Tips in this ebook can be considered comprehensive navigation for our whole life. We believe that regularly practicing each of the eight points can bring about very positive and relatively quickly visible changes in your life.

As the wise saying goes: "Knowledge makes everything simple". So first use the knowledge contained in the e-book, then take a moment to reflect on it, and if you feel the need to do so - verify the information presented by us using other sources. And if in the end, you find it appealing to you - start practicing!

This free pdf ebook really helps you deal with your emotions better.


If you need quick help in dealing with difficult situations, we invite you to read a dedicated column published on the Empowerment Coaching blog:

Self-coaching - difficult situations and NVC method

Additional techniques to deal with difficult situations

There you will find two very practical methods of dealing with emotions.

The first is to reflect on a situation that has already taken place. These are three short but very powerful and effective questions.

The second is worth using during any situation, meeting, or conversation. Even one in which you are not actively involved, but you feel that something is happening to your emotions and you do not really understand what and why? This method was developed by Marshall Rosenberg, the creator of the concept of Non-Violent Communication (NVC).

And if your relationship with your boss is a particular challenge, often "sprinkled" with conflicts, lack of understanding, and difficult emotions, we invite you to read two dedicated texts:

How To Deal With A Difficult Boss

It is true that the principles and specific techniques presented there not only apply to the relationship with the boss and can be successfully used in any relationship (e.g. with a client or with another employee), but somehow it happens that they are extremely effective in a relationship with the boss. Besides, this relationship is probably the most important relationship in our professional life, right?

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