Recognizing Thoughts that Trigger Emotions is Considered Key to Self-Awareness and Empathy by Emotional Intelligence Experts, Says Author Jane Birdsell

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Jane Birdsell's award winning book, Emotional Enlightenment: Managing Feelings for Success, clarifies Emotional Intelligence by describing how thoughts trigger emotions.

There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so. - Shakespeare

Shakespeare told us in Hamlet that, "There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so." Epictetus, the ancient Greek Philosopher, stated that, "People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them." Today, experts in emotional intelligence, such as Daniel Goleman, are highlighting the importance of understanding thoughts that trigger emotions to understand oneself and others. Jane Birdsell has written Emotional Enlightenment: Managing Feelings for Success with the goal of clarifying this process. She provides examples and exercises to help readers understand the relationship between life events, interpretation of the events and resulting emotions. Included is an explanation of how altering one's thoughts can alter one's emotional responses. This understanding facilitates self-confidence, self-control and successful relationships. The book won a 2013 Indie Excellence Finalist Award in the Relationship Category.

Ann Laverty, PhD, RPsych., Associate Director of Counseling at The University of Calgary’s Student’s Union Wellness Centre, has endorsed Jane’s book with the following comments: "I have recommended this book to several clients who appreciated the transparency of practical suggestions and exercises included and the encouraging voice in which the book is written. I believe this text is particularly helpful for post-secondary students who are learning about the importance of emotions as well as benefits of knowing how to express and manage responses."

Emotional Enlightenment: Managing Feelings for Success provides "deep, fresh psychological insights, which makes the book a perfect teaching tool for a classroom setting," says Jennifer de Poyen (a California-based writer and critic). "Yet, it is written in a direct, accessible style, which makes it useful for anyone who wants to improve his or her relationships."

The book is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in the United States and at Owl’s Nest Books and other quality bookstores in Canada. It is also available on Kindle.

About Author Jane Birdsell:

Jane Birdsell has been a Nursing Instructor, a Public Health Nurse and a mother of two children. After her children started school, she obtained a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Calgary. For 25 years, she worked as a psychologist conducting her own private counseling practice and teaching Personal Development Seminars. At the University of Calgary, Division of Continuing Education, she taught a course for 18 years called Understanding Self-Esteem: A Discussion and Information Course for Women. She also taught Enhancing Personal and Professional Effectiveness (for men and women) for 14 years. Jane is pleased with the success of her book on the Calgary Herald Best-Seller list and in the 2013 Indie Excellence Award Contest.

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