“An invaluable operating manual,” says Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO and author of Delivering Happiness. Using brilliantly simple logic that illuminates the universal truths in common emotional challenges, popular motivational speaker and bestselling author Chip Conley has written “a fresh, original guide to an authentic and fulfilling life.”*
With a foreword by Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos and author of Delivering Happiness
When Chip Conley, dynamic author of the bestselling Peak, suffered a series of devastating personal and professional setbacks, he began using what he came to call “Emotional Equations” (such as Joy = Love - Fear) to help him focus on the variables in life that he could handle, rather than dwelling on the parts he couldn’t, such as the bad economy, death, and taxes.
Using brilliantly simple logic that illuminates the universal truths in common emotional challenges, Emotional Equations offers a way to identify the elements in our lives that we can change, those we can’t, and how to better understand our emotions so they can help us . . . rather than hurt us. Equations like “Despair = Suffering - Meaning” and “Happiness = Wanting What You Have ÷ Having What You Want” have been reviewed for mathematical and psychological accuracy by experts. Now Conley tells his own comeback story and those of other resilient people and inspiring role models who have worked through emotional equations in their own lives. Emotional Equations arms you with practical strategies for turbulent times.
Hotelier and motivational speaker Conley introduces his concept of emotional equations (such as "Joy = Love Fear") to help readers "get a handle on how emotions work together and how you can work with them." To deal with despair, he turned to the post-WWII classic Man's Search for Meaning, in which Viktor Frankl recalled how concentration camp prisoners who focused on meaning and learning survived while others who saw only suffering died. Trying to explain Frankl's ideas to friends, Conley reduced them to an equation: "Despair = Suffering Meaning." Now he takes off from that first equation. For Conley, these equations are a way of allowing the brain to gain some control over irrational emotions, a new twist on the self-help staple of learning to monitor one's emotions. But his equations do help break down the components of an emotion: for instance, both mistrust and self-esteem are elements in jealousy. Exploring such emotional landscapes as disappointment, regret, jealousy, anxiety, pleasure, pain, courage, narcissism, love, and fear. Conley filters his own readings in psychology and philosophy into his teachings, which may help some readers who can appreciate a rational, mathematical approach to managing their emotional lives.