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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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    George Breslauer 05-06-16
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    "Disappointed"

    After looking forward to this book for years, I was disappointed by the fact that it reads more like an auto-biography. I was very interested in the scientific link between body and emotions, but I don't feel that came through enough. This is an abridged version and something has definitely been lost as a result. I'll have to look through the full book to perhaps get some satisfaction.

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    Mary-Ellen M. 04-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Yay science!"

    This book is a revelation of scientific discovery and real world/real life application. It's a must read/listen for anyone going through health complications as it goes into great detail about how our body truly functions and can become dysfunctional through life events. I enjoyed that the author, Dr. Pert was the reader as there's no better individual than self to present their life's work! Due to the depth of the science involved, it can be a little dry if biochemistry and neurobiology are not of heat interest to you but I found it incredible that she goes into detail without overwhelming the reader. I really enjoyed this book and am thankful for the significant contributions that Dr. Pert has made to improve our lives through her dedication to research and creating a better human experience.

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    Alise 04-14-16
    Alise 04-14-16
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    "Molecules of Emotion"

    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.

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    Sarina Stone Minnesota 02-26-16
    Sarina Stone Minnesota 02-26-16 Member Since 2003

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    "Still fabulous"

    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.

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    Roger Kellaway 06-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fabulous pert"

    I love the information in this book.It has helped me a lot in the concept of body-mind

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    Elle Los Angeles, California, United States 04-30-15
    Elle Los Angeles, California, United States 04-30-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Where's the substance?"

    Seemed more of a journal of the author' s experiences.
    Needed more information on how the molecular emotions effect the body. And suggested alternatives.


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    Amazon Customer 03-13-15
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    "Abridged version disappointment"

    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.

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    Karissa Eckert 11-30-14 Member Since 2012

    Devourer of all books fantasy

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    "More autobiography than science"

    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.

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    Immalee Sai Kung, Hong Kong 03-05-13
    Immalee Sai Kung, Hong Kong 03-05-13 Member Since 2011

    Turns out I listen better than I read.

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    "A scientific explanation for mind-body healing"

    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.

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    Jane 10-04-11
    Jane 10-04-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Not what I hoped for"

    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?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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