The best books about emotions 📚

Browse the best books on emotions as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of It's All in Your Head: Stories from the Frontline of Psychosomatic Illness

It's All in Your Head: Stories from the Frontline of Psychosomatic Illness

By Suzanne O'Sullivan

Why this book?

For doctors and patients alike, it is almost impossible to understand how some of the most dramatic conditions we see – seizures, paralysis, blindness – may have an underlying psychological basis. In this book, O’Sullivan explains the basis of psychosomatic illness with skill, illustrating this area of neurological practice with fascinating case studies.

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Book cover of Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day

Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day

By Jamie Lee Curtis, Laura Cornell

Why this book?

This book shows that everyone has moods that can change each day, or within the same day...from silly to angry to sad, etc. The zany, touching verse and the fun mood-wheel that lets the children change a character’s facial expressions will help a parent and child identify and discuss both good and bad feelings and how to manage them. A wonderful book to start a discussion of revisiting misbehavior and deciding what s/he could do next time in a similar situation.
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Book cover of The 10-Minute Refresh for Moms: Less Stress, More Joy

The 10-Minute Refresh for Moms: Less Stress, More Joy

By Nichole B. Clark

Why this book?

As a parent, we all struggle with self-care.  The book is relatable. Real-life stories highlight the struggles many moms go through. The author talks about how we put so much on ourselves as moms and yet we still feel unworthy.

With the help of this book, moms can evoke self-care for themselves - in as little as 10 minutes a day. There is a course you can take along with it if you want.

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Book cover of Anger: The Struggle for Emotional Control in America's History

Anger: The Struggle for Emotional Control in America's History

By Carol Zisowitz Stearns, Peter N. Stearns

Why this book?

Many historians before the Stearnses thought it would be good to study the emotions of the past, but this book on anger was the first to offer a rigorous and satisfying technique for doing so. By carefully researching the advice books offered to middle-class Americans in the nineteenth through twentieth centuries, the authors show how standards for emotional expression changed over time. Emotional standards are in fact key to understanding how different groups at different times evaluate their emotions, understand their uses, and feel their mental and physical impact.

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The best books in the history of emotions

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Book cover of The Navigation of Feeling: A Framework for the History of Emotions

The Navigation of Feeling: A Framework for the History of Emotions

By William M. Reddy

Why this book?

This book electrified the field of the history of emotions. It showed how feelings were not just private but also—and essentiallypolitical. Reddy here demonstrates the utility of his notion of “emotional regimes”—the idea that power involves imposing certain emotional norms on everyone. His book argues not only that emotions are a tool of power but also that they may be so misused and ferociously applied that they give rise to rebellions and revolutions—each, in turn, with its own sets of emotional norms.

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Book cover of Twelve and a Half: Leveraging the Emotional Ingredients Necessary for Business Success

Twelve and a Half: Leveraging the Emotional Ingredients Necessary for Business Success

By Gary Vaynerchuk

Why this book?

I am confident I can make a very compelling argument that the most important skill set we need to develop as human beings is our Emotional Intelligence. Our EQ lays the foundation for both our personal and professional success… as well as heavily influences our happiness and fulfillment. Twelve and a Half uses humor and practical stories/examples to break down a dozen of the most important traits we need to develop to become our best selves (traits like empathy, compassion, curiosity, ambition, and gratitude). I read this book cover to cover in less than 24 hours… it’s that good!

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