Davidson: Emotional life of your brain

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Guo Xi is one of the leading cultural figures from the Song Dynasty period.
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Moving beyond the Big Five, we can look at traits that all of us think of when we describe ourselves or someone we know well.
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Each of these, too, can be understood as a combination of different dimensions of Emotional Style, though, again, not everyone with the trait will possess each dimension. However, most people will have most of them:
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Impulsive: a combination of unfocused Attention and low Self-Awareness.
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Patient: a combination of high Self-Awareness and high Sensitivity to Context. Knowing that when context changes, other things will change, too, helps to facilitate patience.
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Shy: a combination of being Slow to Recover on the Resilience dimension and having low Sensitivity to Context. As a result of the insensitivity to context, shyness and wariness extend beyond contexts in which they might be normal.
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Anxious: a combination of being Slow to Recover, having a negative Outlook, having high levels of Self-Awareness, and being unfocused (Attention).
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Optimistic: a combination of being Fast to Recover and having a positive Outlook.
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Chronically unhappy: a combination of being Slow to Recover and having a negative Outlook, with the result that a person cannot sustain positive emotions and becomes mired in negative ones after setbacks.
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One response to this post.

  1. I so have to get the book again. I checked it out at the library a couple of years ago but was unable to finish it. Thank you Marty for posting it.

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