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As a therapist/wife/friend/daughter/mother/mother-in-law/grandmother…I have always known I am gifted (or cursed, depending on how I’m feeling about it on any given day) on reading emotions. I also realize that I have often misunderstood what those emotions are really about at the deepest level. Emotions are a profound influence on our life and the lives of those around us, and learning more and deeper lessons about them is essential in our work as humans.

In my work as a therapist, I believe I’ve grown in this skillset. It’s a necessity of the profession, after all. And there is one author who has helped me grow immensely, who I want to bring to your attention today. Brené Brown’s work has taught me immeasurable amounts over the past twelve years about the impact of emotions on our lives, especially the negative emotions like regret, embarrassment and shame. Likewise, I’ve been equally moved to understand and learn the positive impact of emotions like delight, compassion and empathy! The value of these lessons really cannot be overstated, which is why I’m sharing this with you today.
Brené Brown’s Atlas of the Heart, a five-part series built around the research and teachings of Atlas of the Heart, is out and streaming on HBO Max. I hope you have a chance to read her newest and most comprehensive book about being a human being in the realm of relationship — not only with each other but with yourself — and also to experience the streaming version on HBO Max. I know I’m excited to watch it; having learned so much from her already, I can’t wait to see what new and profound lessons her latest research unearths. Let’s learn more about being a better human being as we grow in understanding our world of emotions together.