Very Interesting! It definitely helps connect the dots! Dr. Pert has such an elegant way of taking such complex concepts and making it understandable and useful to lay people. Thank You, Dr. Pert.
Love Candace Pert and still love this piece of work.
Easy to understand by most, this details why we feel the way we do under certain circumstances and what effects the emotions have on molecules and molecular structures.
Seemed more of a journal of the author' s experiences.
Needed more information on how the molecular emotions effect the body. And suggested alternatives.
Candace Pert ' s brilliance should never be abridged! The shortened version left me sad and wanting more. I will need to reread the full book. I am sorry she didn't write more before she had to leave this world.
Devourer of all books fantasy
I got this as a free audiobook from audible.com. I am a chemical engineer/chemist by trade and thought this sounded like an interesting read. The book is narrated by the author Candace Pert.
The very first thing I noticed is that the author is incredibly conceited, she spends a lot of time bragging about her accomplishments right away. This book is more of an autobiography than an actually book behind the science of emotion.
There are some interesting theories in this book, that I think many people would agree with. The main theory is that emotional state is caused by a variety of chemicals, particularly peptids. These molecules not only have an influence on your emotions but on your overall physical health as well, you can't really separate the two. I think this theory was groundbreaking at the time, but much more widely accepted now.
There is a also a lot of discussion about the male domination of science and how hard the author had to work to get recognized. I think maybe this might have been more true in the 70's than today. The author also comes to the realization by the end that maybe it was her aggressive attitude and combativeness that caused some of her issues with her male cohorts and I couldn't agree more.
Working as a female in a male dominated field I have found that the opinion of those around you (male or otherwise) is fed by your attitude towards them. I have never had a ton of issue with my male coworkers respecting me and treating me as an equal. I had some issues in college, but now that I am working with the people I want to work with and in a field I am comfortable in it just hasn't been an issue. If you have an attitude of competence, but aren't completely arrogant, I don't think you will have much of an issue.
Okay stepping off my soapbox now...
Overall this was an interesting read, but not exactly what I was hoping for or expecting. It is more an autobiography of Pert’s work and a treatise on the struggles of female scientists than an explanation behind the chemicals that guide our emotional and physical health. It was free so I can’t really complain, but I wouldn’t really recommend it either.
More about her discoveries and less about her anger issues and boring life story.
All except the ending.
Candace Pert's book is more like a diary full of boring details about her life that only she would be interested in. I was interested in her discoveries, not her life dramas and anger issues. There was nothing to be learned from this book. It was a waste of time and money.
Turns out I listen better than I read.
Audio books are by far my favourite format for digesting books and so I was surprised to conclude that this book may be a better read rather than listen. The reason for this is that the early part of the book presents a lot of scientific jargon, a preponderance of biochemical names for example, such that it's easy for the layman to get lost in the explanations. Having said that, I think there was some undoubtedly fascinating parts to this book - treasures of information in fact that I haven't found elsewhere. The book is a great source for someone who is searching for scientifically grounded explanation for emotions, for healing, for mediation - and other such topics that are often dismissed, even ridiculed, by scientific establishments. Have you ever found your credibility questioned if you mention the word healing in a spiritual sense? Then this book could help you stand your ground. I'm pleased to have come across this book that is a fortunate bridge between science and healing from a mind-body approach. I'm grateful to have listened to it and I expect to follow up by reading it in print too.
Candace Pert seems eternally angry - her own admission. Rather than talking about her discoveries in more depth she tells her life story which is not too interesting, overly dramatic and without the detail to fully back her theories. What ever happened to finding the cure for Aids? Is she still waiting to get a break?
I had read the book about the time it may have appeared at Audible,(2003?) though my download of the Audible version is just last month.
From the title, one would expect it, the book or audiobook, to be more biochemically oriented and less about the various politics associated with biomedical discovery and how discoveries come into the public's knowledge. However, I already knew about this. maybe it could have been called "The Politics of Emotion" maybe an allusion to RD Laing's famous book.
On a positive note, I think it is very valuable to have a document with the actual author doing the narration as in this case. Whatever limitation may appear in the diction etc. is more than compensated by delivering the listener (and in my case) or former reader to very much the "soul" of the matter, because the voice nuances maybe most definitely represent the author's soul!