CHAPTER 1

The Experience of Feeling Loved

LOVE AND FEAR ARE THE TWO most important emotional influences in our lives. One or the other motivates much of what we feel, think, and do every day. Both produce reflexive biological responses. When we’re frightened, a cascade of hormones automatically causes us to get angry, flee, or freeze. When we feel loved, other hormones are triggered that make us feel safe, secure, and happy. Feeling loved causes us to overflow with joyous feelings, and because we feel protected, our hearts and our minds are receptive and open. Fear, on the other hand, shuts us down, stripping our lives of positive feelings, stressing ...

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