Training in Self-Management of Feelings and Emotions

  • David A. Spiegel
  • Marianne K. Bakker-Rabdau
  • Cornelis B. Bakker


The pursuit of happiness is an endeavor which has engaged the minds and energies of human beings probably for as long as people have existed. The happiness people seek is not so much an isolated emotion as it is an overall appraisal of life, a net positive summation of the train of everyday events and feelings that make up a person’s experiences. While happiness itself is difficult to study, the individual emotions and events which are its roots can much more easily be analyzed, understood and perhaps most importantly, managed. The cumulative work of many clinicians and researchers, particularly during the last two decades, has provided a foundation of information and hypotheses upon which a comprehensive program for the management of feelings and emotions can be built. This paper describes such a program, currently in operation at the University of Illinois.


Emotional Experience Situational Context Happiness People Everyday Event Situational Event 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • David A. Spiegel
    • 1
  • Marianne K. Bakker-Rabdau
    • 1
  • Cornelis B. Bakker
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral MedicineUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine at PeoriaPeoriaUSA

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