ALPHABETICAL BRAIN™ VOCABULARY
HUMANIST GALAXY
OF SECULAR SCIENCE STARS
MARC BRACKETT
November 24, 2020


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PERMISSION TO FEEL:
Unlocking the Power of Emotions
to Help Our Kids, Ourselves,
and Our Society Thrive

by Marc A. Brackett.
Celadon Books, 2019 (292 pages)

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BOOK OUTLINE
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note = Numbers in parentheses refer to page numbers

PROLOGUE (1-4)

PART 1 — PERMISSION T0 FEEL (5-67)

1. PERMISSION TO FEEL (7-21)

2. EMOTIONS ARE INFORMATION (22-47

3. HOW TO BECOME AN EMOTION SCIENTIST (48-67)

PART 2 — THE RULER SKILLS (69-164)

4. R: RECOGNIZING EMOTION (71-86)

note = Ekman's six "basic emotions" (81)

note = Happiness; Sadness; Anger; Fear; Surprise; Disgust

5. U: UNDERSTANDING EMOTION (87-104)

6. L: LABELING EMOTION (104-120)

7. E: EXPRESSING EMOTION (121-138)

8. R: REGULATING EMOTION (139-164)

PART THREE --- APPLYING EMOTION SKILLS FOR OPTIMUM WELL-BEING AND SUCCESS (165-189)

9. EMOTIONS AT HOME (167-189)

10. EMOTIONS AT SCHOOL — From Preschool to College (190-218)

11. EMOTIONS AT WORK (219-237)

CREATING AN EMOTION REVOLUTION (239-241)

REFERENCES (243-285)

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS (287-292)

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AUTHOR NOTES, SUMMARY,
AND BOOK DESCRIPTION

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AUTHOR NOTES = Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University. Marc has published 125 scholarly articles on the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, health, and performance. He is the lead developer of RULER, an evidence-based, systemic approach to social and emotional learning that has been adopted by more than two thousand schools, pre-K through high school, across the United States and in other countries. Marc has received numerous awards and is on the board of directors for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). He is co-founder of Oji Life Lab, a digital emotional intelligence learning system for businesses. Marc also consults regularly with corporations like Facebook, Microsoft, and Google on integrating emotional intelligence principles into employee training and product design.

SUMMARY = The mental well-being of children and adults is shockingly poor. Marc Brackett, knows why. And he knows what we can do. He said, "We have a crisis on our hands, and its victims are our children."

BOOK DESCRIPTION = Brackett is a professor in Yale University's Child Study Center and founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. In his 25 years as an emotion scientist, he has developed a remarkably effective plan to improve the lives of children and adults — a blueprint for understanding our emotions and using them wisely so that they help, rather than hinder, our success and well-being. The core of his approach is a legacy from his childhood, from an astute uncle who gave him permission to feel. He was the first adult who managed to see Marc, listen to him, and recognize the suffering, bullying, and abuse he'd endured. And that was the beginning of Marc's awareness that what he was going through was temporary. He wasn't alone, he wasn't stuck on a timeline, and he wasn't "wrong" to feel scared, isolated, and angry. Now, best of all, he could do something about it.

In the decades since, Marc has led large research teams and raised tens of millions of dollars to investigate the roots of emotional well-being. His prescription for healthy children (and their parents, teachers, and schools) is a system called the "RULER" technique, a high-impact and fast-effect approach to understanding and mastering emotions that has already transformed the thousands of schools that have adopted it. The "RULER" technique has been proven to reduce stress and burnout, improve school climate, and enhance academic achievement.

This book is the culmination of Marc's development of the "RULER" technique and his way to share the strategies and skills with readers around the world. It has been tested, and it works.

This book combines rigor, science, passion and inspiration in equal parts. Too many children and adults are suffering; they are ashamed of their feelings and emotionally unskilled, but they don't have to be. Marc Brackett's life mission is to reverse this course, and this book can show you how.

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EDITORIAL BOOK REVIEW
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PUBLISHERS WEEKLY REVIEW = Brackett (Creating Emotionally Literate Classrooms), founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a professor at the Yale Child Study Center, examines how acknowledging one’s emotions can create confidence and promote mental health in this provocative, accessible work.

Brackett uses his own life story — he was bullied and sexually molested as a child — to demonstrate the toxicity of repression and how the openness and attention of his uncle eventually gave him “permission to feel” again. With a primary focus on helping adults teach children emotional intelligence, Brackett encourages readers to accept and evaluate their emotions (both positive and negative). He then explains his “RULER” technique: Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing, and Regulating emotion — and recommends adults teach these steps to children as a means for dealing with stress or trauma.

He emphasizes that stress can negatively impede a child’s creativity and memory and encourages negative behaviors such as poor diet and, eventually, smoking. While Brackett focuses on educational and child-based applications for his methods, his wise principles can easily be applied to adult situations as well. Readers looking for strategies for responding to stress, particularly in children, will find much guidance in this cogent, welcoming work. Agent: Richard Pine, Inkwell Management.

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