The Wisdom of the Five Messengers: Learning to Follow the Guidance of Feelings

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The road to contentment demands that we make healthy choices. Without guidance and direction we are often predisposed toward familiar, predictable, and often unproductive approaches to life s challenges. Fortunately, messengers are available to us in the form of the five basic emotions: Happiness : The Messenger of Well-Being Sadness : The Messenger of Loss Anger : The Messenger of Injustice Fear : The Messenger of the Unknown Love: The Messenger of Selflessness We often have misguided and unrealistic ideas about what feelings are and what they offer, tending to view them as something to be managed or controlled, though their very nature makes this impossible. In fact, our effort to control or deny our emotions is the surest way to become their slave, while listening to the guidance they offer is the best hope for peace of mind. The Wisdom of the Five Messengers offers not only a fresh perspective on feelings, but practical ways to begin to rediscover emotional truth and the contentment that follows healthy choices and self-acceptance.

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Kerry Altman, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been practicing in the greater Washington, D.C., area since 1977. He is a certified Psychodrama Trainer, Educator, and Practitioner (TEP). In addition to direct clinical services, Dr. Altman has over 20 years experience as a trainer and consultant, providing development programs for corporations and government agencies in the areas of conflict resolution, violence prevention, threat assessment, and communication strategies.

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An original, readable, insightful book that invites us to shift our attitudes about emotions from sources of distress to clues to self-healing and increased effectiveness. --Adam Blatner, M.D., Author of The Art of Play:

Dr. Altman s refreshing take on the function and purpose of emotions as messengers to the self will help readers to accept their emotions with more understanding and less judgment. --Christine A. Courtois, Ph.D., Author of Recollections

Too many people see emotions as unwelcome and dangerous. Altman corrects this misperception . . . [and] offers suggestions for how to decode and make productive use of the messages they carry. Written in a straightforward, conversational style, this is a book that will be of practical value to a great many readers. --Steven N. Gold, Ph.D., President Elect, APA Division of Trauma Psychology (56), and Professor, Center for Psychological Studies, Nova Southeastern University

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