Wanterfall: A Practical Approach to the Understanding and Healing of the Emotions of Everyday Life

Wanterfall: A Practical Approach to the Understanding and Healing of the Emotions of Everyday Life

By Gordon Coates
Book Description

We all experience emotions – and the experience is not always pleasant. Being sensitive by nature, we are inevitably vulnerable to these feelings. But must we be helpless? What exactly are emotions, anyway? Where do they come from, how many are there, are they any use to us – and, if we don't like their effects, is there any way to get rid of them?

Drawing on a variety of sources including western psychology and eastern philosophy, as well as the experiences of a long and varied medical career, the author describes a simple and practical model which can be used to understand, and potentially to relieve, the emotional distresses of everyday life.

The book is both a subjective exploration of, and a practical guide to dealing with, the emotional aspects of human experience. However, it is not a form of therapy, and the techniques described in it should not be practised during the course of a mental illness. Mental illness requires medical treatment – whereas this book mainly offers mental exercise.

The elements of the model described have always existed, but they are presented here in a way which the author considers potentially useful to a wide audience. A single underlying cause for our many emotions is suggested. Their complex effects on daily life are then discussed in detail, and simple techniques for their exploration and resolution are described.

This book is written for anyone who would like to understand the human mind better – or who would simply like a happier and calmer life. However, it certainly does not guarantee either result. Nor does it pretend to explain life's underlying mysteries – which words cannot, in any case, effectively address.

On the other hand, a better understanding and fuller resolution of emotions allows a clearer view of the mental landscape. That might well lead to a more peaceful and joyful life. But it would be an optional extra – bought with your own hard work.

Table of Contents
  • About This Book
  • About the Author
  • Dedication
  • Note on the Text
  • Preface
  • Denials: What This Book is Not
    • Validated
    • Original
    • Puritanical
    • Religious
    • Directive
    • Guaranteed
  • Cautions
  • Section 1 The Origin of Emotions
    • The Wanterfall Model of Emotions
    • The Wanterfall Chart
    • Wanterfall Work: How to Use the Wanterfall Chart
      • The First Pillar of Wanterfall Work: Constant, Non-Judgmental Self-Awareness
        • Self-Awareness
        • Non-Judgmental
        • Constant
        • Summary
      • The Second Pillar of Wanterfall Work: Dealing with Emotions
  • Section 2 The Anatomy of Emotions
    • The Six Primary Emotions
      • Hope
      • Fear
      • Happiness
      • Sadness
      • Propathy
        • Things Excluded from Propathy
      • Antipathy
    • Primary Emotion Pairs
      • Hope and Fear
      • Happiness and Sadness
      • Propathy and Antipathy
      • Happiness and Propathy
      • Sadness and Antipathy
    • Suppressed Emotions
    • Compound Emotions
      • Grief
      • Anxiety
      • Gratitude
      • Guilt
      • Shame
      • Stress
      • Burnout
      • Feeling Depressed
      • Other Emotions
  • Section 3 The Ramifications of Emotions
    • Conditioning
      • Overview
      • Beliefs
      • Stored Emotions
      • Attitudes
    • Conflict
    • Duality
    • Subjective Time
  • Section 4 The Healing of Emotions
    • More Cautions
    • Introduction
    • Looking Inside Grief
    • Unfinished Business
    • Moving Through Grief
    • Emotional EEEEs
      • Introduction
      • Encourage
      • Explore
      • Express
        • Making Music
        • Explicit Lyrics
        • Playing Safely
        • Program Notes
        • Gentle Expression – Con passione ma non troppo
          • Gentle Methods of Expression
            • Private acknowledgement
            • Putting it in words
            • Saying the words
            • Talking about it
            • Writing it down
            • Non-verbal expression
            • Crying
          • Facilitation of Gentle Expression
        • Calming Catharsis – Decrescendo e rallentando
        • Facilitated Intense Catharsis – Appassionato e tempestoso
          • Prerequisites
            • Administration
            • Participants
              • Information
              • Assessment
              • Agreement
            • Facilitators
              • Personality
              • Attitudes
              • Knowledge
              • Skills
              • Experience
              • Focus
            • Methods & Equipment
              • The Basic Process
              • Complications
              • Infection Control
              • Closure and Departure
              • Follow-up
            • Time and Place
          • Perspective
      • Evaluate
    • Repercussions
  • Last Words
  • Appendix: Notes on the Causes of Wanting
    • Learned Wanting
    • Instinctive Wanting
      • Self-Preservation
      • Sex
      • Family
      • Society
  • Index
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