The Book of Human Emotions by Tiffany Watt Smith audiobook

The Book of Human Emotions: From Ambiguphobia to Umpty -- 154 Words from Around the World for How We Feel

By Tiffany Watt Smith
Read by Suzanne Toren

Little, Brown & Company 9780316265409
10.17 Hours 1
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A thoughtful, gleeful encyclopedia of emotions, both broad and outrageously specific, from throughout history and around the world. How do you feel today? Is your heart fluttering in anticipation? Your stomach tight with nerves? Are you falling in love? Feeling a bit miffed? Do you have the heebie-jeebies? Are you antsy with iktsuarpok or filled with nakhes? Recent research suggests there are only six basic emotions. But if that makes you feel uneasy, suspicious, and maybe even a little bereft, THE BOOK OF HUMAN EMOTIONS is for you. In this unique book, you'll get to travel across the world and through time, learning how different cultures have articulated the human experience and picking up some fascinating new knowledge about yourself along the way. From the familiar (anger) to the foreign (zal), each entertaining and informative alphabetical entry reveals the surprising connections and fascinating facts behind our emotional lives. Whether you're in search of the perfect word to sum up that cozy feeling you get from being inside on a cold winter's night, surrounded by friends and good food (what the Dutch call gezelligheid), or wondering how nostalgia evolved from a fatal illness to enjoyable self-indulgence, Tiffany Watt Smith draws on history, anthropology, science, art, literature, music, and popular culture to find the answers. In listening THE BOOK OF HUMAN EMOTIONS, you'll discover feelings you never knew you had (like basorexia, the sudden urge to kiss someone) and gain unexpected insights into why you feel the way you do. Besides, aren't you curious what nginyiwarrarringu means?

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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A thoughtful, gleeful encyclopedia of emotions, both broad and outrageously specific, from throughout history and around the world.

How do you feel today? Is your heart fluttering in anticipation? Your stomach tight with nerves? Are you falling in love? Feeling a bit miffed? Do you have the heebie-jeebies? Are you antsy with iktsuarpok or filled with nakhes?

Recent research suggests there are only six basic emotions. But if that makes you feel uneasy, suspicious, and maybe even a little bereft, THE BOOK OF HUMAN EMOTIONS is for you. In this unique book, you'll get to travel across the world and through time, learning how different cultures have articulated the human experience and picking up some fascinating new knowledge about yourself along the way.

From the familiar (anger) to the foreign (zal), each entertaining and informative alphabetical entry reveals the surprising connections and fascinating facts behind our emotional lives. Whether you're in search of the perfect word to sum up that cozy feeling you get from being inside on a cold winter's night, surrounded by friends and good food (what the Dutch call gezelligheid), or wondering how nostalgia evolved from a fatal illness to enjoyable self-indulgence, Tiffany Watt Smith draws on history, anthropology, science, art, literature, music, and popular culture to find the answers.

In listening THE BOOK OF HUMAN EMOTIONS, you'll discover feelings you never knew you had (like basorexia, the sudden urge to kiss someone) and gain unexpected insights into why you feel the way you do. Besides, aren't you curious what nginyiwarrarringu means?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

The Book of Human Emotions is as exhaustive and readable a book on emotional vernacular as I can ever recall seeing.... It's an eye-opening read perusing words with a multitude of origins that capture shades and flavors of emotions (many of the words you'll know, but even those are unpacked here ingeniously)....This book is all about the ambiguity, and well worth checking out. David DiSalvo, Forbes
Have you ever felt an emotion that you wish you could express in words, but couldn't figure out quite how? Tiffany Watt Smith can help....Spend a little time learning these words, and it just may help you to understand emotions better. Justin Bariso, Inc.
In a world dominated by technology, it is comforting to have Tiffany Watt Smith serve as a guide through the dark woods of our emotions and to remind us: There's a WORD for that. Roy Peter Clark, author of Writing Tools and The Art of X-Ray Reading
One fun and breezy read. Susannah Cahalan, New York Post
“The tasteful drama in Suzanne Toren’s urbane performance makes this a most enjoyable audio to hear. Her creative phrasing and historical sensibilities leaves no meaning or nuance unexpressed…Though Smith’s thinking is manifestly abstract or even academic…Suzanne Toren’s vocal engagement will make a lot of listeners hear it in a more personal way. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
Charming Melissa Dahl, New York Magazine
“In a world dominated by technology, it is comforting to have Tiffany Watt Smith serve as a guide through the dark woods of our emotions and to remind us: there’s a word for that.” Roy Peter Clark, author of Writing Tools

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Author Bio: Tiffany Watt Smith

Author Bio: Tiffany Watt Smith

Dr. Tiffany Watt Smith is a research fellow at the QMUL Centre for the History of the Emotions and was also named a 2014 BBC New Generation Thinker. Before choosing to pursue a path in academic research and writing, she worked as a theater director for seven years, including stints as associate director at the Arcola Theatre and International Associate Director at the Royal Court.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 10.17
Audience: Adult
Language: English