Very few people regard fear as a precious emotion and boredom as a warning – but that’s exactly what makes Leon Windscheid’s explanations so intriguing. The psychologist, entrepreneur, and author gives readers a whole new perspective on their emotional world and shows them: Feeling is what makes us human. However, we live in a time when there is often no place to live in (negative) feelings. After all, who can afford to storm the office in a rage or let the tears flow freely? However, it pays to learn how to better understand and deal with unpleasant feelings. If it is pushed aside or even set aside, it becomes even more important.
In twelve chapters, you come closer to the goal of the journey, which is serenity, step by step. You learn that fear can act as a focus, as with a camera – and that it is fear above all that makes life difficult for us. A subjective view of one’s feelings plays a major role: those who feel “motivated” rather than “anxious” before the test will do better. Windscheid also offers specific advice on how mindfulness-based approaches can help counter fears. It also always incorporates the opinion of scholars who have already dealt with the world of emotions for many years.
From passion to passion
In this way, the author leads from one feeling to another, combining established specialized knowledge with new research findings, thus interfering with his own view of the world. Anyone who embarks on a journey of serenity receives many suggestions. For example, how can one succeed in self-compassion or in love with life. You can also learn about the importance of anger, sadness, and boredom. Incidentally, the latter should serve as a call for change (see Brain & Mind 2/2021, p. 22).
Windscheid accurately quotes epidemiological data as well as all studies and discussions with researchers. The 20-page sources also provide interesting incentives to read. In addition to psychology classics such as Walter Michel’s marshmallow test, entirely new concepts are also discussed. These include, for example, the “Robo Gut” device, which prepares samples of human stool in such a way that it can be used to treat depression. In between, there are quotes from Confucius to Epicurus by Albert Einstein, whose clever words complement the author’s thoughts.
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