Emotions Don’t Think – Emotional Contagion in a Time of Turmoil, by Bruce Hutchison, PhD (eBook)

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People get emotional about what they believe, and so when their beliefs are criticized, challenged or even attacked, their emotions usually get riled up. This is natural. It is human nature. It happens to most of us. Feelings and emotions spread easily in society at these times. But we have to manage them for the betterment of all of us. Understanding how to manage them effectively helps lower the turmoil and destruction, since emotions drive actions.

In the book Bruce talks about how emotional contagion contributes to social and political turmoil and how people can work at overcoming emotional contagion to lower the turmoil. The impact of emotions and feelings during social – political upheaval has been strong and he writes about how to manage them to lower their impact, in any future events, since they can get destructive.

Emotions Don’t Think – Emotional Contagion in a Time of Turmoil

We live in a time when the world is facing an invisible enemy. The pandemic surges, and social relations are fraught with turmoil. Emotions are on edge and people fear for their lives. We face turmoil, but turmoil does not come without emotions. Little has been written about the power of emotions and emotional contagion in this time of global turmoil until now.

Dr. Bruce Hutchison describes emotional contagion as one of the most powerful forces at play in society and in politics in the last few decades, building to the 2020-21 crescendo.  We need to learn about how to handle it to help us adapt to today’s stress. Dr. Hutchison’s book helps us learn how to do that.

Emotions are contagious and infectious and often spread from one person to another, so you can get infected by emotions when you are around people. This affects people during troubled times. Emotions don’t think and yet so many people base their decisions on emotions, including their votes.

Dangerous, infectious emotions spread like a virus and infect others. Pessimism, cynicism, depression, fear, hate, panic, anxiety, disgust and suspicion are all contagious. So are violence and conspiracies. These emotions spread and put people into turmoil. People use these emotions to think, but emotions can only feel. EMOTIONS DON’T THINK.

About Author: Bruce Hutchison

About Author - Bruce Hutchison PhD

Bruce Hutchison, Ph.D. writes the kind of book that is needed in the times of emotional turmoil that we live in. A retired clinical psychologist with over 50 years of experience performing psychotherapy, counselling, consultation and assessment, Dr. Hutchison has experienced and identified emotional contagion in many of his sessions with his clients, when emotions move and flow from client to therapist. He has appeared on TV, radio, and has travelled giving many speeches and talks about various topics in bettering oneself. An award-winning psychologist, he is known throughout Canada, and has been an avid follower of Canadian and American news. As a Canadian, he has been close enough and yet far enough away from the U.S. to get a subjective-objective view, one where he has no skin the game. He can be a little more objective, and less infected by the emotional infection he says flows in the U.S. media and society. But he is close enough to read the situation and be affected by American politics. He shares his insights with us in this ground-breaking book. He lives in Ottawa with his wife Catherine and their cat.

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6 reviews for Emotions Don’t Think – Emotional Contagion in a Time of Turmoil, by Bruce Hutchison, PhD (eBook)

  1. Tina Crossfield

  2. Tina Crossfield

    “Bruce Hutchison draws on fifty years as a clinical psychologist to help us understand the relationship between our emotions and our decision making. He provides us a psychosocial education – an understanding of how emotions can stir and vibrate in our bodies in response to others, and how we are susceptible to absorbing and incorporating others’ emotions into our world and our life. He helps us see that better understanding emotional reactions can decrease turmoil in ourselves and in our society. This book is a guide to help us think more clearly and with more wisdom before we vote. Perhaps if more people listen to the words of Bruce Hutchison, we can elect better governments.“
    Jon Gerrard
    MLA-River Heights
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  3. Tina Crossfield

    “Emotions are recognized to be a powerful force in politics, affecting perceptions, reasoning and behaviour. In recent decades, populist political leaders have been successful at expressing and amplifying the emotions, particularly the negative emotions of their followers. In this valuable book Bruce Hutchison uses his background of study and practice in the field of clinical psychology to investigate the origins, nature and behaviours that give expression to underlying feelings of anger, fear, disappointment, loss and hostility that are on vivid display daily in these turbulent times. Written in an accessible style, the book will provide informative and provocative reading for concerned citizens.”
    Dr. Paul G. Thomas, Professor Emeritus of Political Studies, University of Manitoba. Dr. Thomas has received the Order of Manitoba and the Vanier Medal for Excellence in Public Administration.
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  4. Tina Crossfield

    “Few topics are more critical nor timely than those so well covered in Bruce Hutchison’s book Emotions Don’t Think. Discovering what he reveals in this book allows us to appreciate contagious negative emotions like hate, fear and their related disinformation, and also contagious positive emotions like love and gratitude. Drawing on his experience as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Hutchison shows us why understanding emotional contagion is a valuable addition to any best life toolkit. Awareness is freedom!”
    Donald R. Officer
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  5. Tina Crossfield

    Our world is in chaos, with the pandemic, lockdowns, conflicts and wars all over the world – it all starts with emotions. I was referred by a friend to read this book and I have to say the author does an amazing job showing the causality of emotional contagion in this world on a macroscopic and breaking it down to a microscopic, personal level – one that we all can relate to. Don’t let emotions contaminate your actions and choices. Emotions don’t think!
    Jaren Jackson
    Posted by TC

  6. Tina Crossfield

    “Bruce Hutchison draws on fifty years as a clinical psychologist to help us understand the relationship between our emotions and our decision making. He provides us a psychosocial education – an understanding of how emotions can stir and vibrate in our bodies in response to others, and how we are susceptible to absorbing and incorporating others’ emotions into our world and our life. He helps us see that better understanding emotional reactions can decrease turmoil in ourselves and in our society. This book is a guide to help us think more clearly and with more wisdom before we vote. Perhaps if more people listen to the words of Bruce Hutchison, we can elect better governments.“
    Jon Gerrard
    MLA-River Heights
    Dr. Gerrard is very well-known, being a long-time politician, formerly an MP, and being a long-time MLA in Manitoba, including many years as leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party. He is also a physician and pediatrician and former professor of medicine. His Wikipedia page is informative. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Gerrard.

    Posted by TC

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