The wisdom of the five messengers. A book by Kerry Paul Altman
The road to contentment demands that we make healthy choices. Without guidance and direction we are often predisposed toward familiar, predictable, and often unproductive approaches to lifes challenges. Fortunately, messengers are available to us in the form of the five basic emotions:
Happiness : The Messenger of Well-Being
Sadness : The Messenger of Loss
Anger : The Messenger of Injustice
Fear : The Messenger of the Unknown
Love: The Messenger of Selflessness
We often have misguided and unrealistic ideas about what feelings are and what they offer, tending to view them as something to be managed or controlled, though their very nature makes this impossible. In fact, our effort to control or deny our emotions is the surest way to become their slave, while listening to the guidance they offer is the best hope for peace of mind. The Wisdom of the Five Messengers offers not only a fresh perspective on feelings, but practical ways to begin to rediscover emotional truth and the contentment that follows healthy choices and self-acceptance.
An original, readable, insightful book that invites us to shift our attitudes about emotions from sources of distress to clues to self-healing and increased effectiveness.
Adam Blatner, M.D., Author of The Art of Play:
Helping Adults Reclaim Imagination & Spontaneity
Dr. Altmans refreshing take on the function and purpose of emotions as messengers to the self will help readers to accept their emotions with more understanding and less judgment.
Christine A. Courtois, Ph.D., Author of Recollections
of Sexual Abuse: Treatment Principles and Guidelines
Too many people see emotions as unwelcome and dangerous. Altman corrects this misperception . . . [and] offers suggestions for how to decode and make productive use of the messages they carry. Written in a straightforward, conversational style, this is a book that will be of practical value to a great many readers.