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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by the author.

The mental wellbeing of our children is shockingly poor. Marc Brackett, author of Permission to Feel, knows why. And he knows what we can do.  

"We have a crisis on our hands, and its victims are our children." 

Marc Brackett is a professor in Yale University’s Child Study Center and founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. In his 25 years as an “emotion scientist”, he has developed a remarkably effective plan to improve the lives of children and adults - a blueprint for understanding our emotions and using them wisely so that they help, rather than hinder, our success and well-being. The core of his approach is a legacy from his childhood, from an astute uncle who gave him permission to feel. He was the first adult who managed to see Marc, listen to him, and recognize the suffering, bullying, and abuse he’d endured. And that was the beginning of Marc’s awareness that what he was going through was temporary. He wasn’t alone, he wasn’t stuck on a timeline, and he wasn’t “wrong” to feel scared, isolated, and angry. Now, best of all, he could do something about it.  

In the decades since, Marc has led large research teams and raised tens of millions of dollars to investigate the roots of emotional well-being. His prescription for healthy children (and their parents, teachers, and schools) is a system called RULER, a high-impact and fast-effect approach to understanding and mastering emotions that has already transformed the thousands of schools that have adopted it. RULER has been proven to reduce stress, depression, and burnout and enhance to encourage higher academic achievement. This book is the culmination of Marc’s development of RULER and his way to share the strategies and skills with listeners around the world. It is tested, and it works.  

This audiobook combines rigor, science, passion, and inspiration in equal parts. Too many children and adults are suffering; they are ashamed of their feelings and emotionally unskilled, but they don’t have to be. Marc Brackett’s life mission is to reverse this course, and this audiobook can show you how.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Marc Brackett (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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I’m trying really hard to listen the the message but his narration is making it almost impossible. Where is the producer here?
He reads. Then stops. Then reads. Then stops. I can’t do it. I will have to read it myself
This is the second book by the author that I can’t bring myself to listen to. Someone teach them please.

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Really bad narration

I really like him, and book has a great idea, but it is almost impossible to listen! The narration is horrible unfortunately. I can’t finish. I will try to read a book as I am still interested in what it says but please redo this book with a producer or a new narrator.

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Must Read!

Marc sets forth both a meaningful and significant message for recognizing, understanding, labeling, expressing, and regulating emotions that could literally change the world and how we support children and one another in moving through it if people invested their time and energy into applying what he offers.

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Important for parents

Very enlightening. Makes me think a lot about how I am affecting my stepsons development and how I can help the whole family deal with emotions. Also has tips for how to deal with it at work.

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Incredible content! Painful to listen to.

Incredible content! I even bought the hard copy to make notes in and I await the arrival of the workbook. I can't wait to dive in deeper and become a master of my emotions then teach my kids how to feel. But listening to this book was painful. I felt like I was in grad school all over again with one of my least favorite professors in one of the most important classes I needed for my degree/career.

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Wonderful book, terrible reading

Fantastic author, compelling book but please re-do this audio version--it is truly awful to the point of being distracting. I really cannot believe that so little care was given to the audio version. The author stops and starts in very odd places with almost no thought to the structure of the sentence. It's also very monotone. Please hire an actor to read the next version and make the audiobook more than just an afterthought. This is great work, but I think my money was wasted on the audio.

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Really important book

Not just for educators and parents, but also for business leaders. Grateful that Professor Brackett took the time to write this important, relatable piece of work.

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Full of aha moments. Positively life changing

This book is terrific! The book is full of "aha" moment.
Marc Brackett as a way of explaining the differences in emotional vocabulary that is tangible and clear in a way most books fail to articulate.
I love that Marc Brackett narrated as well it made it feel personal.

It helped open up communication between my wife and I. We already had a happy, loving relationship, but this took it to the next level of communication and understanding for ourselves and each other. I can not thank Marc Brackett enough!

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Half a loaf is better than none

Heavy on sermons and anecdotes and light on practical implementation with the exception of one too short chapter and one acronym. Most people going to the expense and trouble of reading a book with the title “Permission to Feel” already agree feels are important . Brackett has very broad negative things to say about men generally and repeatedly despite his story of his uncle saving him. His advertisements in the book for the purchase of more of his services and materials are repetitive and beyond annoying. I bought the book so the helpful information and exercises should be in the book not some other packages we have to purchase separately. For all that, it’s an important topic and half a loaf is better than none.

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I wish someone else read the material

This is very important information for education, leadership, policy makers and parents. I won't recommend audio format going forward because it is very difficult to listen to. Monotone and stilted through out the text.

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Essential reading

The message in this book is important. We all need to realise that emotional intelligence is a better predictor of mental health and success. I would have liked more strategies for implementing these skills at home and at work. A second book is needed! Also, the narrating was a bit robotic.

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