Joy, Guilt, Anger, Love: Review

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This book offers a fascinating glimpse into the neuroscience behind emotions; something not normally thought about when dealing with emotions on an everyday basis.

Before reading this book I hadn’t really thought much about emotion. Emotion was just something that one experiences many times throughout the day, whether it’s anger, joy, or some other emotion. This book really caused me to think about the role that emotions play in our lives and the neurological reasoning behind those emotions. It really was an informative read.

The author, a neuroscientist himself, does a really good job of introducing the reader to a generally foreign topic in a non-intimidating way. There are many mentions to different parts of the brain throughout this book and the author does a fantastic job of explaining what we know those parts of the brain are used for in a way that is easy for even the most basic reader to understand.

The one thing that I didn’t really like about this book, or the authors writing style, was the fact that he talked about himself a lot. The author begins each chapter with a personal experience or story about himself. At the beginning of the book I wasn’t as distracted by the authors constant preoccupation with his personal experiences but the end of the book the constant personal stories began to wear on me. I wish the author had kept the information impersonal and not try to relate all of the information to his experiences in the hopes that the reader was able to read too.

In the end I would have to say that this book is definitely an interesting read, if you can get past the authors constant personal stories. I found that by about 60% of the way through the book I was too frustrated with the personal stories to even want to finish, even though I found the information interesting.

I received this book for review purposes via NetGalley.

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5 thoughts on “Joy, Guilt, Anger, Love: Review

    April Wood said:
    April 7, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Excellent. I love reviews about non-fiction and yet there are so few of them!

    April Wood said:
    April 7, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    Did you end up finishing it?

      echooutside responded:
      April 7, 2014 at 1:01 AM

      I did, but was extremely frustrated by the end of the book!

        April Wood said:
        April 7, 2014 at 1:09 AM

        Oh no! :/ That’s too bad!

    Bookjunkiekrystal said:
    April 7, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    The beginning of your review made this book sound so promising and interesting… it’s a shame he seems to have tarnished it. I can understand wanting to make things relate-able since this is all about emotions, but perhaps he should have included experiences from multiple people.

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