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5.0 out of 5 stars Is saddening how little Panksepp's work is taught in psychology, 7 Sept. 2013
This review is from: The Archaeology of Mind: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotion: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotions (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology) (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 The Archaeology of Mind, 17 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: The Archaeology of Mind: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotion: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotions (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology) (Hardcover)
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 Fabulous Book, 22 April 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars scientific bible on neuroscience, 31 Dec. 2014
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not easy to get through as a layman being interested in the neuroscientific side of mental processes.

Reading on a magnificent connection between Damasio and Darwin and all others floating around the position of consciousness in our brain.

Keeping in "mind" (pun intended) that also Panksepp has a personal touch on scientific revelations that might change due to new excavations in the future, the book is still a fine benchmark in the development of neuroscience.

Was looking for the location of the mind in the brain as I'm very interested in the psychological authority the mind thinks it has over the Self.

Good balance to read in addition to Stephen Wolinsky's Trances People Live.
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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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