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Towards Emotional Literacy Paperback – 5 Jul 2001

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Virago; New Ed edition (5 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860498221
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860498220
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 750,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emotional literacy has become something of a buzz-phrase for the new millennium--but what on earth does it mean? According to Susie Orbach,one definition of emotional literacy is: "the capacity to register our emotional responses to the situations we are in and to acknowledge those responses to ourselves so that we recognise the ways in which they influence our thoughts and actions."

In simpler terms, emotional literacy is the attempt to take responsibility for understanding our personal emotions. But this is no trivial undertaking, as Orbach points out in this collection of writings taken from her column in the Guardian.

Orbach says that without knowledge of our emotions we cannot hope to mature or understand what it is that stops us from ever being completely satisfied. In Towards Emotional Literacy, she looks at a wide range of different emotional responses to situations in families, between friends, at work and in the political and public arenas in order to demonstrate the increasing importance of emotional literacy in everyday life.

The emotionally illiterate--the hypercritical manager who diminishes the effectiveness of his staff and damages their self-esteem in the process; the disruptive child who interrupts the class, making it difficult for the other children to pursue their own interests; two friends who gossip, or put down a third party as a means to cementing a friendship--are all around us, and reading through the different sections it is impossible not to recognise yourself in at least one of the sample situations.

The author's sound belief that until we validate our emotions, Recognising what we are feeling and using it to enhance rather than to overwhelm our thinking, is fair enough, and in true Orbach style she makes her point well, arguing clearly and concisely, without patronising the reader and continuously provoking a definite response. But when it comes to taking the emotional bull by the horns and taking her advice? Read Towards Emotional Literacy at least twice before you try. --Susan Harrison. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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* The second collection of her Guardian columns, following the successful WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON HERE. Susie Orbach is regarded as Britain's most famous psychotherapist.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 Sep 2010
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Each chapter is insightful and enjoyable to read. As a compilation of newspaper articles, I would have liked them to be a little more itegrated with slightly improved linking and flow. but overall - wonderful!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
even better because it has an informal order...real feelings, real lives 28 Feb 2010
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Susie Orbach is known to many in the psychoanalytic fields, but much more so to real people who have been moved to look into issues related to food and compulsivity about eating and image. She was a pioneer as a feminist in the field.
This book shows her depth and breadth of experience. She eases in and out of real feelings, and points out how getting to know the feelings within can help us in daily life. The order of chapters is informal so the reader can wander a bit, which can be comforting.
Susie Orbach has an ease of style in her writing as well as in her work, her sessions which come to life on the page. She is a fascinating woman, and contributor.
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