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  • This exploration of the interplay of emotion and thought is fascinating. I marvel at the skill that enables Mlodinow to crunch so much information in a compelling way. Emotional shows that rather than being counterproductive, emotions enrich our lives and understanding them better equips us to realise "what it means to be humans"

    Financial Times
  • Those interested in understanding how feelings unconsciously steer thought are in for a stimulating read. Mlodinow handles this topic astutely with compelling examples and attention to the latest research, which is quite spectacular. He writes in a brisk, friendly style that easily draws you in and makes you reflect on both the recounted anecdotes and your own way of handling comparable situations

    Frans de Waal, New York Times
  • Mlodinow successfully shows how emotions can be assessed, regulated, and controlled, and powerfully concludes that understanding them is a lifelong project that's 'not just a science but an art.' This is a must-read for fans of Daniel Kahneman

    Publishers Weekly
  • The American physicist and bestselling author Leonard Mlodinow popularises the findings from neuroscience over the past 50 years. . . he shows, through reports of psychologists' experiments and a series of quizzes, that recognising how much we are motivated by emotions allows us to be more thoughtful and present, more rational

    Susie Orbach, Observer
  • Both a brilliant scholar and a great writer, Leonard Mlodinow guides us through the fascinating science of what we feel, and why - and what we can do about it. I learned a lot from this wonderful book: a masterpiece of clarity, helpfulness, and heart

    Rick Hanson, author of Buddha's Brain
  • Mlodinow - a gifted science writer - has produced another gem. Emotional is a captivating narrative that plunges you straight into the heart of a major scientific drama - the more than a century-old battle over the nature of emotions. No matter which side you find yourself on, you will relish this adventure to the front lines of scientific discovery

    Lisa Feldman Barrett, author of Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain
  • An absorbing deep dive into the new science of emotions that offers shrewd insights into the relationship between thinking and emotion. Mlodinow brings this important subject to life in a fascinating and informative way

    Susan David, author of Emotional Agility
  • A captivating exploration of the science of emotions. Beautifully written and full of cutting-edge research, it is a crucial reminder of the power feelings have in our thinking

    Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit
  • Rationality, reason and logic have been heralded as the foundation of a clear mind, but Mlodinow, a physicist, argues that taking our feelings into account can help us make better decisions. He offers plenty of real-world examples, including his parents' experiences as Holocaust survivors

    New York Times
  • An illuminating read that deals well with the complexity of emotion, the emerging science behind it and the fascinating workings of the brain itself. It might just help you remain calm and collected, even on a bad day

    New Scientist

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