"Tired of Feeling Bad? The 'New' Science of Feelings Can Help!"

Yes, that's the title of a piece by one Richard J. Davidson, professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, claiming to have made the "revolutionary" discovery that emotions and reason are not actually separate in their interplay in our psyches.

"It is hard to exaggerate what a break this is from the conventional wisdom in psychology and neuroscience," says Davidson.

Okay, yes, I'm LOL-ing as I write this.

New to who, Professor D?

Sixteen years ago, Daniel Goleman's book, "Emotional Intelligence," along with others like "Descarte's Error," by Antonio R. Damasio, and "Molecules of Emotion," by Candace Pert, were already shaking the shaky underpinnings of psychiatry and psychology regarding the relative importance of mind and emotions to each other and to our daily functioning. Not to mention that half a century before that, Wilhelm Reich was already making the mind-body-emotions connection, followed up brilliantly by Alexander Lowen, and nevermind that various bodies of spiritually channeled material from Jane Roberts to Eva Broch-Pierrokas also spoke to the importance of emotions in creating the very fabric of our reality. But of course that's not "science."

Nonetheless, it's always gratifying when the 3D world, of which science and medicine lead the way, starts to catch up.

Welcome, Professor Davidson.

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