Johannes' blog

Key Takeaways from “Atlas of the Heart” by Brené Brown

The book outlines various human emotions, defining them clearly with labels, describing their sensations, and explaining how they influence behavior. It argues that merely defining emotions and setting their boundaries can refine one’s thinking and encourage reflection. Furthermore, I learned that enhancing one's emotional vocabulary not only improves self-expression but also fosters greater empathy and understanding towards others. I resist calling this book a dictionary, as that seems too restrictive. Describing it as an atlas is more apt because it illustrates how emotions impact one’s life and social connections.

Here are some key concepts and definitions that resonated with me: