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032 Candace Pert: Molecules of Emotion

Molecules of Emotion explains how emotions affect our body and how we can use this understanding to live a better life.

Candace Pert: Molecules of Emotion


Pert, a pioneering neuroscientist, shares her research on how emotions impact the body and mind. She provides an overview of her groundbreaking work on neuropeptides and receptors, explaining how these molecules affect everything from the immune system to our mood. The book challenges the traditional separation between mind and body, emphasizing the importance of emotions in shaping our experiences and health. It provides insights into the physical basis of emotions, their relationship with consciousness, and the role of emotions in healing. Through her work, Pert advocates for a more holistic approach to health and well-being, highlighting the importance of emotions in leading a fulfilling life.


Title: Molecules of Emotion

Author: Candace Pert

Publishing year: 2000

Publisher: Scribner

Length in hours: 3 hours and 3 minutes

5 main ideas

  1. Emotions are not just mental states but also have a physical basis.
  2. Neuropeptides and receptors are key to understanding how emotions affect the body and mind.
  3. Emotions can be regulated through the manipulation of neuropeptides.
  4. Our emotions and thoughts are interconnected, and our beliefs and attitudes can shape our experiences.
  5. Emotions can be a powerful tool in healing and personal growth.
Candace Pert: Molecules of Emotion

5 funny quotes

  1. "I have yet to hear the first intelligent thing from anyone who speaks in a hurry."
  2. "Science is so fickle. Things that were supposed to cause cancer one year are all of a sudden good for you the next."
  3. "I used to be such a sweet child until they let me read Freud."
  4. "Some of my best ideas come from dreams. Unfortunately, so do some of my worst ideas."
  5. "A little bit of stress keeps you on your toes. Too much stress, and you need to clip your toenails."

5 thought-provoking quotes​

  1. “The molecules of emotion are literally within the structures of DNA, within the structures of proteins, within the structures of every cell in our body.”
  2. “Our body is the unconscious mind.”
  3. “The past is not over; it is present and will determine the future. You are your past unless you understand it.”
  4. “Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.”
  5. “Repression is when we try to push away or bury emotions. It does not work in the long run, and it will find other ways to surface.”

5 dilemmas

  1. Can we control our emotions, or are they simply physical reactions in our bodies?
  2. How much of our personality and behavior is determined by our past experiences?
  3. Is it possible to heal from emotional trauma, and if so, how?
  4. What is the relationship between emotions and physical health?
  5. How can we balance the benefits and risks of medications that affect our emotional states?

5 examples

  1. Candace Pert: The author and neuroscientist shares her research on the impact of emotions on the body and mind.
  2. Deepak Chopra: The alternative medicine practitioner advocates for a more holistic approach to health, emphasizing the importance of the mind-body connection.
  3. Louise Hay: The author and self-help advocate believes that thoughts and emotions play a central role in our health and well-being.
  4. Dr. John Sarno: The physician and author believes that repressed emotions can cause physical symptoms and advocates for the use of emotions in healing.
  5. Bruce Lipton: The biologist and author emphasizes the importance of our beliefs and attitudes in shaping our experiences and health

Referenced books

  1. "The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles" by Bruce H. Lipton
  2. "Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ" by Daniel Goleman
  3. "The Healing Power of Emotions: How to Transform Depression, Anxiety, and Fear with the Energy of Emotion" by Angela-Maria Pellegrino

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Candace Pert: Molecules of Emotion
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