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Beyond the Conjunction

Interlude: Emotions


I hope you enjoyed this season on Emotions! Can I just say how thankful you should all be for Diane? About halfway through the season, she had to remind me not to get stuck talking about all the “negatively-valenced” emotions and that humans are capable of feeling the good stuff. Oops. Turns out, I’m a little bit of a downer. Diane is the Joy to my Sadness!



Because there is SO MUCH MORE to emotions than we could ever cover in a few months and a few episodes, here are some great resources for further learning. LET US BE THE SHERPA ON YOUR JOURNEY TO EMOTION MOUNTAIN. Or something.


COMING ON STRONG OUT OF THE GATE WITH A TEXTBOOK! I promise Emotion by James Kalat and Michelle Shiota is a readable, interesting, great book. It was very helpful for me when writing my own book, and I’ve read it twice. Don’t knock it ‘till you try it!


Flourish by Martin Seligman. Ok, so full disclosure: I haven’t read this yet. But I’m excited to. I loved his book Authentic Happiness (available here), so this has gotta be good, too, right?! Get you some authentic happiness and flourish.


Anger and Forgiveness by our queen, Martha Nussbaum. She argues that we need to reject most forms of anger, and move through the one “acceptable” form of anger as quickly as possible. It’s a philosophical work, but very accessible and conversational — plus, it’s thought-provoking. An easy recommendation.


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This book, to me, reads like a treatise on how to recognize when anger is appropriate and how to express it. Or how society allows us to express it. Also, it always makes me feel things.

But, if I had to choose one novel that illustrated an emotional journey with the most depth and insight, it would have to be…


Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. Oof, this book put me through things. Just read it.

And finally, because it is just one of the loveliest, most delightful Pixar movies, I have to include this fabulous analysis of Inside Out’s theoretical underpinnings. It’s delightful and thoughtful and interesting, and motivated me watch the movie again. I was not sad about it.

Enjoy the video, pick up a book or two from the above, maybe watch Inside Out this weekend, and get ready for our new season on Ethics, coming out in two weeks. We have some fun things planned!

Thank you for listening and reading!


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