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The Archaeology of Mind: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotions (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology)
 
 

The Archaeology of Mind: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotions (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology) [Kindle Edition]

Jaak Panksepp , Lucy Biven
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This is a highly original and exciting book. The vital distinction between eager anticipation and straightforward pleasure is only one among many of its important findings. The implications for clinical assessment and treatment, especially with depressed and cut-off patients, are profound. --Anne Alvarez, PhD MACP, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Tavistock Clinic, London

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A look at the seven emotional systems of the brain by the researcher who discovered them.


What makes us happy? What makes us sad? How do we come to feel a sense of enthusiasm? What fills us with lust, anger, fear, or tenderness? Traditional behavioral and cognitive neuroscience have yet to provide satisfactory answers. The Archaeology of Mind presents an affective neuroscience approach—which takes into consideration basic mental processes, brain functions, and emotional behaviors that all mammals share—to locate the neural mechanisms of emotional expression. It reveals—for the first time—the deep neural sources of our values and basic emotional feelings.


This book elaborates on the seven emotional systems that explain how we live and behave. These systems originate in deep areas of the brain that are remarkably similar across all mammalian species. When they are disrupted, we find the origins of emotional disorders:


- SEEKING: how the brain generates a euphoric and expectant response


- FEAR: how the brain responds to the threat of physical danger and death


- RAGE: sources of irritation and fury in the brain


- LUST: how sexual desire and attachments are elaborated in the brain


- CARE: sources of maternal nurturance


- GRIEF: sources of non-sexual attachments


- PLAY: how the brain generates joyous, rough-and-tumble interactions


- SELF: a hypothesis explaining how affects might be elaborated in the brain


The book offers an evidence-based evolutionary taxonomy of emotions and affects and, as such, a brand-new clinical paradigm for treating psychiatric disorders in clinical practice.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2697 KB
  • Print Length: 593 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B009AMO4I8
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (17 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HXFCIS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #175,686 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By jacko
Format:Hardcover
This book is filled with fascinating, cross-cultural evidence on the neurobiology of emotion.

So-called evolutionary approaches to emotion like Paul Ekman's which focuses on facial expression are saddeningly off the mark compared to this. Im surprised this book hasn't been acclaimed as highly as other recent works in psychology/neuroscience. I don't think one needs a huge background in neurobiology to understand this, although you will need to look up some of the anatomical parts.

A MUST read.

The only downside it that is that is it very badly edited- it is very repetitive in places where it will mention the same fact over and over again (this is especially true for the introduction). Realistically, a 1/6 of the book could be cut down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Neuroevolutionary magic 13 Jun 2013
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This author is amazing. Technically challenging for the uninitiated into neurobiology but well worn the effort. Just noting the theory of the seven primary emotions makes the book worthwhile for me. This is "state of the science" information at its best. The Archaeology of Mind: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotion: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotions (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Book 22 April 2013
By Romilla
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This book is packed full of fascinating information. It does need to be taken in small bites to make sure the knowledge is digested and assimilated. This is certainly going to help me with adding value to my training and in my coaching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Archaeology of Mind 17 Jan 2014
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This book sums up 30 years of laboratory work on the reptilian brain. We are aware of Freud's basic instincts. Added to that we are aware of Jung's Shadow Side. At a first reading, Panksepp's work will be an invaluable aid to my Supervision work with psychologists. It uncovers the underlying network that feeds into e.g. addictions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 11 Oct 2013
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This is not a well written book unfortunately, but the contents is absolutely fascinating and worth putting up with its long windedness and rhetoric to get the message.
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