Book review: An Emotional Dictionary by John Bauer

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John Bauer is a well known South African ceramicist who approaches life with enthusiasm and a healthy dose of ‘can do’. Now he has re-written the dictionary, of our emotions, in a novel way. So if you’re not sure what you’re feeling or not sure that you’re feeling anything at all, read on.

A few of our favourites:

Admiration
So seldom found in conversation. We live in a world where everyone sees themselves as kings, and if not that they see the benefit in pretending so. But life is far richer if you are able to admire the people and things around you. If you do not you should embark on a voyage of discovery. Firstly to understand the people and things around you better, and failing finding anything admirable there, possibly a voyage of discovery to another planet.

Boredom
Boredom is created through the lack of options or the lack of intelligence. And even more often the lack of intelligent options. Time travellers seldom get bored despite having so much time on their hands. Therefore boredom must be generated through poor time management. Boredom usually can be cured if you have a waiting hobby game. If your waiting hobby game happens to be online poker, find another emotion to experience.

Defeatism
Defeatism is just one paving stone on the path to victory.

Desire
Desire can be a tremendous motivating force, or can make you terribly unhappy with the things you’ve already got. One must always understand why one desires something, and if any good can come of it.

This must-read book can be bought for just $2.99 on Smashwords, where you can download a sample or read it online. Available formats: epub, mobi, pdf, rtf, lrf, pdb, txt.