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Feeling Loved: The Science of Nurturing Meaningful Connections and Building Lasting Happiness by Jeanne Segal, PhD

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CHAPTER 2

Beating Stress with Emotional Connection

THIS MAY SURPRISE YOU, BUT OUR emotions are responsible for many of the most important things we know and value about ourselves: Our motivation, action, judgment, personality, empathy, and love are all shaped by what we feel rather than what we think. Descartes said, “I think, therefore I am,” but, “I feel, therefore I am,” is closer to the truth.

As babies, we enter this world expressing our physical and emotional feelings in nonverbal ways that set the stage for intimate communication throughout our lives. Our first conversations are wordless and based on emotional cues. We feel hungry and anxiously ...

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