The Emotional Toolkit: 7 Power Skills to Nail Your Bad Feelings, by Darlene Mininni, Ph.D.
Although many of us fear our emotions and strive to assert control over our emotional experience in less-than-effective ways, it is possible to restore a healthy relationship with this essential aspect of our humanity. Developed for a college course that Dr. Mininni taught at UCLA, “The Emotional Toolkit” provides an accessible entry point into the emotional education that most of us did not receive. I recommend this book as a companion to my “Building Your Emotional Toolkit” program, in which clients learn how to effectively perceive, regulate, and work with the valuable information that emotions provide. Through this book, clients will be exposed to a number of “tools” for connecting with feelings and expressing emotion in healthy, satisfying ways. These, and many other emotional skills will be further explored and experienced in sessions, with attention to what works for each individual. The “Emotional Toolkit” book is a good starting point to prepare for the work we’ll do in session, or as a refresher.