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Molecules of Emotion Audiobook

Molecules of Emotion: Why You Feel the Way You Feel

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Publisher's Summary

How do our thoughts and emotions affect our health? Are our bodies and minds distinct from one another or do they function together as parts of an interconnected system? Candace Pert - a neuroscientist whose extraordinary career began with her 1972 discovery of the opiate receptor - provides startling and decisive answers to these and other challenging questions that scientists and philosophers have pondered for centuries. From explaining the scientific basis of popular wisdom and phenomena like "gut feelings" to making comprehensible recent discoveries in cancer and AIDS research, Molecules of Emotion is an intellectual adventure of the highest order.

©1997 Candace B. Pert, Ph.D., All Rights Reserved; (P)1997 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved; SOUND IDEAS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Finally, here is a Western scientist who has done the work to explain the unity of mind and matter, body and soul." (Deepak Chopra)

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    Pauline Colorado Springs, CO, United States 10-31-05
    Pauline Colorado Springs, CO, United States 10-31-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Unbelievable Discoveries"

    I was amazed to find out how much autonomy the body and it's various systems have and how they are affected by our very thoughts...much like our appetites. This could be ground-breaking self-healing or self-improving information for people who carry a lot of stress in their lives. It certainly leaves you with a different perspective about who you and your body are and how you both function together.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Yuliya Brooklyn, NY, USA 05-29-07
    Yuliya Brooklyn, NY, USA 05-29-07
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    "Very disappointing"

    The book, unfortunately, talks more about the author's odyssey in science than it does about the topic of the book. The author's personality looms large, while peptides only get short shrift. The narration is good and easy to listen to.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Yoshi 11-22-07
    Yoshi 11-22-07
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    "Love it!"

    Interesting to find out we are most of neural activity is chemical and non-synaptic. A scientific research of how our thoughts affects our health.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Lansing, MI, USA 01-21-09
    Greg Lansing, MI, USA 01-21-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Off topic and dull"

    This book is 90% dead dull blather about the politics of lab people and 10% science that relates somewhat to the title.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Dane 09-11-03
    Dane 09-11-03
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    "A great read"

    I have to agree with the earlier review, very enjoyable book. Good science, good story, good sense of humor.

    16 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    James 03-07-10
    James 03-07-10 Listener Since 2009

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    "Wake up"

    This book is a great addition the mental library of all who seek out authors that believe scientist and lay people can get along.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kandice Hawaii 07-30-14
    Kandice Hawaii 07-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring Book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More about her discoveries and less about her anger issues and boring life story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure.


    Which character – as performed by Candace B. Pert – was your favorite?

    None.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Molecules of Emotion?

    All except the ending.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Capt_K South Riding, VA, United States 11-11-11
    Capt_K South Riding, VA, United States 11-11-11 Member Since 2012
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    "More of a story than science."

    I was expecting more scientific account of how Neuropeptides actually play a role in forming human emotions! There was some but lot of it was the author's personal story. I liked her story and commend her for her journey against all odds. I want to learn about the mind-body science especially from someone like Dr. Pert who has a solid background in neuroscience, biology and eastern contemplative science.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Norm 07-21-16
    Norm 07-21-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Christian Science is alive and well."

    The title of this book is misleading. The author mixes her personal spiritual beliefs with science so much that the reader finishes wondering what to believe. She has fallen into the old trap of "discovering" whatever feels good. No thanks; not interested.

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    Bonnie B. Matheson Charlottesville, VA United States 05-17-16
    Bonnie B. Matheson Charlottesville, VA United States 05-17-16 Member Since 2013

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    "I want the UNabridged version!"

    Love Candace! It was such fun to hear her voice since she was the reader! I miss her. And the world will never be the same.
    However there should be an audible version of the entire book. Every wording hatbox was important. Now I must go read the physical book again, because I miss the parts left out of the Audible book.

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    "Molecules of Emotion"

    This book describes the Ligand/receptor communication system within the body and some of the authors work on the opiate receptors. Her work on a new approach to understanding cancer and the development of peptide-T as a possible cure is also described.

    Much recent work on consciousness has emphasized the electrical properties of neurons in the brain but Pert points to the importance of an integrated view in which the electrical neural pulses are coupled to the ligand-receptor system and the latter is closely linked to mind through the emotions.

    The author also describes the difficulties faced by women scientists in a predominantly male world and the problems involved in bringing a new drug to market. Towards the end of the book she touches on her interests in alternative medicine and a more holistic approach to healing.

    A fascinating book, readily accessible to the general reader.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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