Product Review (submitted on July 12, 2013):
Meeting and working with our emotions
Many books are being written about emotional intelligence these days… many lack the depth necessary to help us understand how emotions are constantly alive within us and have the power to enhance or undermine our sense of aliveness, our happiness.
Robert Masters’ book Emotional Intimacy gives us very useful tools to help every one of us understand that becoming intimate with emotions such as fear, shame, anger, sadness, grief, jealousy, joy – to name but a few - is the prerequisite to all aspects of personal growth.
In this very perceptive and didactic book, Robert Masters clearly shows how we can relate to our emotions instead of from our emotions. If I become more intimate with my anger, for instance, if I am aware of its physiological manifestation, if I can become aware of what triggers it, if I can relate it to my personal history, then I will not become aggressive, abusive, or physically violent. Instead I will learn how to skilfully channel my anger to create clear, protective boundaries against external threats.
This is just one of the many practical gifts which this book provides.
Being intimate with one’s emotions is a key to feeling vulnerable and strong at the same time, to being less reactive and more trusting in our handling of close interpersonal relationships.
Anybody who is serous about deepening his or her sense of inner peace and who is eager to improve the quality of his or her connection with other human beings should read this very profound book.
As an educator, I hereby make the prediction that one day, books like this will be textbooks in our schools.