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What's Your Emotional Style?

Based upon decades of research and observation about emotion and well-being, The Center for Healthy Minds and Healthy Minds Innovations Founder, Dr. Richard Davidson, has put forth a model for understanding our emotions – their origins, their power and their malleability.

He outlines these “emotional styles” along with co-author Sharon Begley in his 2012 book, The Emotional Life of Your Brain.

His work suggests there are six emotional styles, each based on neuroscientific evidence, that define our personality:

  • Resilience
  • Outlook
  • Social intuition
  • Self-awareness
  • Sensitivity to context
  • Attention

Whatever your emotional style, knowing it is the first step toward understanding how it affects your health and your relationships, and the first step toward deciding if you would like to change it.