In 1637, Descartes said, "I think, therefore I am." Jane Birdsell believes that the essence of success in the 21st century is to say, "I think and feel, therefore I am." Recently, there has been a resurgence in the awareness of emotions and the importance of their expression in the human experience. When Jane Birdsell began her work as a psychologist in 1982, she gradually became aware of the fact that many people did not understand emotions very well. When she asked people how they felt in a particular situation, they would tell her their thoughts but had difficulty expressing an emotion. The more she learned, the more she realized how important it was for people to know more about their emotions and how to manage them. This inspired her to write her book Emotional Enlightenment: Managing Feelings for Success. She was influenced by Ortega Y Gassett, the Spanish philosopher, who suggested that the suppression of emotion was the greatest error of western civilization since the Renaissance. He wrote extensively about the dehumanization of people with the suppression of feelings. Jane has written her book Emotional Enlightenment to help readers become their own expert on emotions.

Becoming an expert on emotions facilitates self-knowledge and empathy for others, two essentials for personal and professional success. In Emotional Enlightenment, Jane dissects feelings to show what causes them and how to manage them. By examining their own thoughts and recognizing how they stimulate their feelings, people can become more confident in their self-management and their interpretation of the emotional experience of others. Jane believes that when people tell others how they feel, not just what they think, they tell others who they really are.This is the key to maintaining healthy relationships. It is the path to success.

Emotional Enlightenment includes exercises to help readers learn more about how to understand themselves and others. It is a practical resource inviting readers to see by examples how emotions can be managed for success.

Jane is inspired by the wisdom of Lao Tzu, the Chinese Philosopher who in the 6th Century BCE said:

He who knows others is wise.
He who knows himself is enlightened.

Ann Laverty, PhD, RPsych., Associate Director of Counselling at The University of Calgary's Student's Union Wellness Centre, has endorsed Jane's book with the following comments:

"I have recommended this book to several clients who appreciated the transparency of practical suggestions and exercises included and the encouraging voice in which the book is written. I believe this text is particularly helpful for post-secondary students who are learning about the importance of emotions as well as benefits of knowing how to express and manage responses."

The book is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in the United States and at Owl's Nest Books and other quality bookstores in Canada. It is also available on Kindle.

About Author Jane Birdsell:

Jane Birdsell has been a Nursing Instructor, a Public Health Nurse and a mother of two children. After her children started school, she obtained a Master's Degree in Counselling Psychology from The University of Calgary. For 25 years, she worked as a psychologist conducting her own private counselling practice and teaching Personal Development Seminars. At The University of Calgary, Division of Continuing Education, she taught a course for 18 years called Understanding Self-Esteem: A Discussion and Information Course for Women. She also taught Enhancing Personal and Professional Effectiveness (for men and women) for14 years. Jane launched her book at Owl's Nest Books in Calgary on June 19th, 2012. She is enjoying the success of her book, which has had great success on The Calgary Herald best seller list since its launch in June.


Jane Birdsell, author, retired psychologist.
1323 Riverdale Avenue, Calgary, AB.
Canada, T2S 0Z1.
Phone H - 403-243-2001
C - 403-689-5355
Email: janebirdsell@shaw.ca

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