«Nowadays, we have extremes. Some of us have no emotions and behave like an
efficient machine. Others are highly strung: any significant upset could
cause them to have a nervous breakdown.
Efficient machines are useful. But they too sometimes breakdown. It needs
rather more of a shock than for those who are highly strung. With such a
big shock, the machine breaks down irretrievably, whereas for the highly
strung person, the breakdown can be temporary.
But, human living is not about being a machine. There is sunshine and there
is love and there is anger and so forth. These things in the world are
there to be experienced. Suppressing your emotions means that you never
experience joy. Is this what you want?
Being highly strung is hugely damaging for your health. Your nerves are
constantly on edge. In this world, there is huge stress. Even if you are
not highly strung, you have too much stress.
In this book, I explain what are the 45 emotions that you may suffer from.
Suppressed emotionality is one of these difficulties that many of us have.
So most people in the world, the "efficient machines", suffer from one
specific emotional difficulty. Others suffer from one of the other 44.
These emotional troubles of yours are not fixed. They are not in your genes
or your DNA. You have had life difficulties and have learnt to adjust as
best you can. However, life is also not fixed. There are more things that
you can learn, more ways to adjust and adapt.
You are not a machine. You are not a type. Sometimes you may be
extroverted, sometimes you may be introverted. It is not useful to
characterize yourself with a specific "personality type". You are you.
Sometimes angry, sometimes sad etc... It is natural and part of living.
The main focus of this book is how, once you identify what is the main
emotional difficulty that you suffer from at present, you can set about
fixing it. »