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17 Books on How to Process Feelings and Properly Express Them

Learn how to properly express and handle feelings.

Feelings are those warm and fuzzy sensations that run through your body when you do something, nice that’s registered as pleasurable by your brain and gives you these elevated sensations.

They are also that heavy burden that can wear on the mind and body when they come from disappointing and negative experiences that can cause real damage if left unchecked. Can’t have one without the other.

Because of the potentially destructive influence they can have over us, learning to properly manage and temper feelings is paramount for achieving a good, healthy life. It is a skill that’s easy to observe  but not many people truly possess. Don’t be one of the masses, learn to properly handle every emotion that you go through by reading these books on feelings

#1 Emotions Of The Mind: Breaking The Cycle by Tamela Todd

Emotions Of The Mind: Breaking The Cycle by Tamela ToddGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

It will also empower readers and raise awareness about the impact of mental and emotional health issues. The transparency of my journey will inspire readers to evaluate their own mental and emotional health.

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#2 Emotional GRIT by Dr Neeat Bhushan

Emotional GRIT by Dr Neeat BhushanGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

For the longtime emotions were considered a dark matter out of our control, yet in 21 st century we know, emotional Intellect is just another quality that can be trained and developed. It’s especially valuable for those in a leadership position. This book teaches a way to authentically connect with own feelings as well as truly understand the stories that shape our emotions the certain way. Emotional GRIT establishes a new model of human leadership within and beyond the workforce – to build a more heart-centered, compassionate environment in companies, communities, schools, and families – so that you can master your inner-strength and positively impact the world around you.

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#3 Connect: How to Love and Accept Yourself After Divorce by Dawn Burnett

Connect: How to Love and Accept Yourself After Divorce by Dawn Burnett Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Connect How To Love And Accept Yourself After Divorce (endorsed by Jack Canfield) addresses the feelings divorce can cause and how it impacts our lives. In return it supplies the keys to thriving so you can live your best life. Connect is a foolproof plan to heal your heart, pinpoint your true dreams and desires, and find a meaningful and lasting authentic love for self. The 11 relatable stories take readers on a journey showing them how they can push past fears and struggles and build their confidence, so they can live the life they’ve been dreaming of.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#4 Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan J. Jeffers

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan J. JeffersGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Most of us don’t realize how fearful we are and, even when we do recognize what holds us back from happiness and success, we don’t know how to overcome our fears to move forward. Jeffers explains that we shouldn’t be afraid of fear, that it’s natural and has a purpose, but that too much fear can prevent us from living life to its fullest. I encourage my therapy clients with anxiety to read this book and all have been helped by it, especially in understanding that fear doesn’t have to rule their lives.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#5 Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel GolemanGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

This is one of the best books written on the function of emotions, why we don’t use them well, and how to become emotionally literate. Though researched based, Goleman writes in understandable language and gives many examples to support his explanations. He takes the reader through understanding five essential emotions, describing how we learn about them, how dysfunctions in family and society can make them go awry, and how to get back on track.

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#6 The Food and Feelings Workbook by Karen R. Koenig

The Food and Feelings Workbook by Karen R. KoenigGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

This books helps readers end emotional eating and enjoy life more. It explains the powerful connection between food and feelings, including the purpose of emotions, why we fear them, and how seven specific feelings can cause us to turn to food for comfort and coping. This workbook has exercises to guide readers every step of the way on their journey of recovery to a positive relationship with food.

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#7 I Am Enough by Grace Byers

I Am Enough by Grace Byers Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

This is a great book used to empower youth. Project Harmony uses it when speaking with students and introducing our Loud as a Lion poster. We want all children to feel safe and protected, giving them the courage to use their voice. In addition to having people who children can trust, they have to learn to trust themselves. It may sound funny, but learning to listen and pay attention to their feelings is an important skill. When something makes you happy or when something good happens – celebrate, and tell the people you love. When something bad happens, tell the people you trust and they will help you. They can make the bad things stop.

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#8 Wholehearted: Slow Down, Help Out, Wake Up by Koshin Paley Ellison

Wholehearted: Slow Down, Help Out, Wake Up by Koshin Paley EllisonGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Wholehearted is an easy to read, inspiring and compact book that takes 16 Buddhist precepts and strips them down to universal themes and teachings that anyone can integrate into their daily lives. By the end of the book, readers will have learned how to explore and investigate their own core values, identify mental habits that could be unconsciously hurtful to themselves and others, and rediscover their personal values so they can live energetically, authentically and lovingly.

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#9 Lil’ Sass and The Adventure of Joy by Christie Mann

Lil' Sass and The Adventure of Joy by Christie MannGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Children have historically been told to “just suck it up,” or “brush it off,” yet they need to be taught that we all have emotions and that it’s 100% of to express those emotions—they just need to be taught how to express their emotions in a healthy way. These books teach this valuable lesson to children at a young age. They provide good lessons for children and adults alike as they have great discussion guides in the back of each book.

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#10 Organize Your Emotions, Optimize Your Life by Margaret Moore

Organize Your Emotions, Optimize Your Life by Margaret MooreGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

This book brings up the nine different parts of our lives that need attention from us and why each one is necessary to function. Through this book, I identified which emotions were in control and which ones needed more attention for support. I’d recommend this book for anyone who wants clarity with how they are feeling.

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#11 You Are a Badass by Jen Sicero

You Are a Badass by Jen SiceroGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

This is a really great book for someone trying to find their center in life. Whether are you’re starting a new business, or ending a previous relationship, this book can keep you pointing towards your true North, and give you some laughs along the way as Jen, the author paints such a down to earth explanation of the potential all of us have, and the strength you have with in you to get where you want to be.

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#12 Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Eat pray love is a wonderful book for anyone going through transition, especially Lost in their life. This book will inspire you, make you cry, and connect with your own sadness and joy as you read Eilzabeth Gilbert’s personal story as she processes her grief around a divorce in her life.

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#13 Rising Strong by Brené Brown

Rising Strong by Brené Brown Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Rising Strong is an amazing book at hoping you look into places in your life you feel stifled, stuck or have shame about. Brene Brown does an amazing job reframing things we’ve been taught culturally to internalize: messages of hate, self loathing and distrust in our intuition. If you feel stuck in a pattern of poor decision-making, have a broken record of negative self talk playing in your mind, or just want to find some peace in a part of your story, this book is a must read.

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#14 The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy SchumerGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

This may not seem like a book about emotions at first look, but the girl with the lower back tattoo is such a powerful and light-hearted look into the way we see ourselves. With no shortage of comic relief, Amy Schumer is hilarious and inspiring in her story of what she went through as an overweight “fat girl” making her way towards her dreams.

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#15 Good Reasons for Bad Feelings by Randolph M. Nesse

Good Reasons for Bad Feelings by Randolph M. NesseGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

We can’t begin to figure out what to do with our feelings and those of others unless we understand the purpose of feelings. This book, by a renowned evolutionary psychiatrist, explains why humans have feelings and the purpose they have in guiding our species. As a practicing therapist for 30+ years, I’m amazed at what I’ve learned about this purpose from reading this book, which is a game-changer in the emotional development department.

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#16 How to Be an Adult by Dan Richo

How to Be an Adult by Dan RichoGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

This book is a classic, that takes the discussion on feelings to another level by outlining healthy ways to bring your emotional experience to another person. It clarifies who is responsible for what, how to honor your inner experience, and much more.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#17 The Language of Emotions by Karla McLaren

The Language of Emotions by Karla McLarenGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Feelings are the identification of an emotion, a conscious awareness of an emotion, but all too often people are able to identify the feeling (I am bored, resentful, agitated, worried, despair, hopeful, playful, or blissful ) but they are not able to identify the emotion that is underneath the feeling and certainly not the information the emotion is trying to convey to us.

This may not be such a big deal when blissful or hopeful are the feelings being experienced, but resentful, worried and despair belongs to bigger and potentially bolder emotions that can be expressed negatively. Feelings and Emotions go hand in hand and it is vital for us to recognize our feelings so we are then capable of identifying the emotion that is activating the feelings we are experiencing.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

Contributors to this article
Tamela Todd from Tamela C. Todd

Natasha Zolotareva from Natashazo

Dawn Burnett from A New Dawn Natural Solutions, Inc

Karen R. Koenig from Karen R. Koenig

Angela Roeber from Project Harmony Child Advocacy

Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison from New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care

Chrissy Bernal from ChrissyBernal

Wen Soon from Selfcaid

Shelby Ring from Ruby Riot Creatives

Audra Walters from Front Porch Properties SC

Karen R. Koenig from Karen R. Koenig

Vanessa Osage from Love & Truth Rising

Gail Carruthers from Skye Blue Acres

Written by Zak Parker

Journalist, writer, musician, professional procrastinator. I'll add more here later.

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