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Heaven and Hell: The Psychology of the Emotions, second edition

Author: Neel Burton

Publisher: Acheron Press

ISBN 10: 191326002X
ISBN 13: 978-1913260026

ISBN 10: 0992912725
ISBN 13: 978-0992912727

To control our emotions is to control ourselves, and to control ourselves is to control our destiny.

It has forever been said that we are ruled by our emotions, but this today is truer than ever. Much more than reason or tradition, it is our emotions that determine our choice of profession, partner, and politics, and our relation to money, sex, and religion. Nothing can make us feel more alive, or more human, than our emotions, or hurt us more. Yet, the emotions are utterly neglected by our system of education, leading to millions of mis-lived lives.

This book proposes to redress the balance, exploring over 30 emotions and drawing some powerful and astonishing conclusions along the way. Areas covered include: depression, anxiety, anger, boredom, laziness, guilt, envy, greed, ambition, lust, sadomasochism, humiliation, loneliness, courage, empathy, friendship, love, self-esteem, and much much more.


Burton is never short of an interesting and sharp judgment. --Prof Peter Toohey, Psychology Today

[Heaven and Hell] challenges our understanding of emotions we experience but do not really think about... a fascinating read. --British Medical Association Book Awards