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Deadly Emotions: Understand the Mind-Body-Spirit Connection That Can Heal or Destroy You

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  321 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Did you know that negative emotions can adversely affect your health? Depression, anger, guilt, condemnation, low self-esteem-these are only a few of the lethal toxins that threaten body and spirit.

Offering a clear definition of deadly emotions-what they are, where they come from, how they manifest themselves, and their effects on the body-Dr. Colbert uses scientific evide
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 8th 2006 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 1st 2001)
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Andy Coleman
Feb 11, 2017 rated it did not like it

This is a clear case of "bait and switch". The description of the book states that the doctor will use scientific evidence to show the connection between emotions and physical health. And at first, there are plenty of studies doing exactly that. But then a few chapters in, a couple of quotes from the bible start showing up. It feels a bit out of place but nothing to worry about... until the whole book shifts from medical studies to biblical theology. Science is forgotten an
Jul 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: most everyone I know
Recommended to Molly by: Sherry L
Wow this is one amazing book.

Written by a Doctor who noticed a relationship between unresolved emotional reactions to a variety of illnesses and conditions. I think that most of us are willing to admit that someone who has a problem with anger and hostility MAY end up with a heart condition. This book goes further and explains how many negative emotions contribute to disease and how we can "lighten up" to ease the discomfort of those conditions, improve our health and just plain ole feel better
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Vivimos en la época de los fármacos. Sólo en USA la cantidad de recetas aumentó un 85% en 10 años, siendo las afecciones más populares el dolor de espalda, dolores articulares, migrañas y un largo etc. Este libro, quizás por ser el primero que leo de este género, me dejó sentá y peiná pa'trás XD La conexión de las enfermedades crónicas como el asma o el cáncer con las emociones consideradas "tóxicas" por nuestro organismo es impresionante, y el autor lo explica con los tecnicismos suficientes pa ...more
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I listened to this as an audiobook, and I thought the narrator was very smooth and easy to understand. This was the first self-help book I have read, and I was really pleased with how the Dr. spoke about cognitive therapy and how stress and other negative emotions can cause our bodies stress, thus linking to disease and other ailments. My only qualm is that I wish he would have talked a bit more about coping mechanisms. Even so, I really did enjoy the stories of his patients and his perspective. ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un libro bastante bueno, con bastantes ejemplos sobre como el estrés ante cualquier situación de la vida puede enfermarnos con enfermedades desde fibromialgias hasta cáncer, así como también como Dios nos acompaña a través de estos procesos dolorosos de la vida y por medio de la oración y la espiritualidad podemos salir adelante.

Vale la pena estar consciente de esto.
Telizmary Pinales Roussel
El doctor Colbert ofrece una definicion clara de las emociones mortales: cuales son, de donde surgen, como se manifiestan y sus efectos en el cuerpo humano, mediante la evidencia cientifica que apoya su posicion y comparte sus consejos con respecto a la nutricion y al papel que ocupan para remover las toxinas fisicas que inhiben una verdadera salud."
Josh Laird
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Summary of the current research on the power of positive thinking
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-2014
I think this read is a great one which covers many topics about how emotions can affect your overall health. It is an easily comprehensible read and provides mental nourishment as well as awareness. It would be convenient to know if perhaps your lifestyle such a how you eat,sleep, or what music/tv you enjoy makes a difference in your emotional nature and values.

This book introduced me to a better view of what the way you live can have an affect on how you feel. I truly was surprised at how much
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Las emociones destructivas tienen efectos tóxicos sobre el organismo, y resultan en una cantidad de enfermedades graves: hipertensión, artritis, múlti esclerosis, síndrome de colon irritable y hasta algunos tipos de cáncer. En Emociones que Matan, el Dr. Don Colbert enseña que usted no tiene que estar a merced de sus emociones. Enfocandose en cuatro áreas esenciales para el bienestar emocional, verdad, perdón, gozo, y paz, el le muestra como sobreponerse a las emociones fatales y encontrar verda ...more
Feb 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Informative book, presented well grammatically to us laymen. Chalk full of resources to refer to, (none I actually checked out)and overall a decent read. I chose this book from a short stack of options at the time, and mostly due to my curiosity. As a woman, I am completely aware of the "random, ever changing" fluctuation in my emotions, that is cliche'd upon my gender. Was also curious to see if there was evidence of (genetic or hereditary, if you will), links to diseases such as OCD-which I se ...more
Benoit Marinoff
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
A friend of mine gave me this book. I am so glad she did. Everybody seems to know how managing your emotions (or the lack of managing it), can affect your overall well-being and health. Well the doctor who wrote this book goes one step further and explain you how this emotions affect all of it by stating anecdotes of patients he worked with over the years and also explaining the chemical reactions on your body. He also let you know of different ways to conteract these emotions negative effects s ...more
Meagan Thompson
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nerd-status
I was thinking about this book the other day. It's been years since I have read it but the content literally changed my point of view on my emotions. When I get too heated, I force myself to take a step back. The knowledge provided in the pages of this book are absolutely priceless. We don't realize how our emotions affect our bodies and the small ways we can change our own fates. You can't fight genetics but you can control how you react emotionally thus helping you live a healthier life. This ...more
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Deadly Emotions by Don Colbert M.D. was recommended to me by a doctor. It is dry to read in places due to medical jargon but has some very interesting information on how the body works and how internal factors can affect a body's functions. I was pleasantly surprised to find a Christian element worked into the book since it was not evident on the cover. It also includes some self-evaluation worksheets in the back which interested me. I do recommend this book, even if you are not Christian. That ...more
Tonya  Helmkamp
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was the most comprehensive book on the connection between emotions and the body with scriptural integration that I have ever read. The book is so much more, it is a lifestyle reference guide, and I appreciate the appendices that inculdes a variety of inventories. I hated to see it end, both reference and story line combined to make an eloquent piece of art. I learned a great deal from reading this book.
Feb 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Good book. It me a lot to think about as far as how negative emotions can cause problems in other areas such has physical health problems. It also gave me a better understanding of how relational issues effect our physical, and emotional well being. It help me realize even more, how important it is to take care of our emotional health, just as we would our physical health.
Jan 22, 2016 rated it liked it
This volume seems to be a summary of positive psychology literature mixed in with a few biblical quotations. It is useful for those unfamiliar with some of the recent research on pessimism vs. optimism, and the writing is good quality throughout. However, I personally knew most of this already, and it seemed like a refresher rather than anything new.
Aug 13, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: theoretical
This book is somewhat interesting, but I feel, too concerned with Bible verses to stand up to scrutiny. In all, it is an airport read full of practical knowledge and some over-simplified philosophies on life. Still, it always helps to be reminded of the dangerous repercussions of negative emotions on the human body...
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a great companion to the last self-help book I read, Eat for Health, showing that repressed emotions can damage your physical health. I am looking at how we react to hurts and how they can stay with us in a different way thanks to this author.
Marcus Goncalves
Good research on how destructive emotions have toxic effects on the body and result in a wide range of serious illnesses - hypertension, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, irritable bowel syndrome, and even some types of cancer. ...more
April Emery
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Profound insights into the connection between emotional health and physical health.

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Janet Wheeler
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting! A must read for anyone striving to retain or regain good health. Goes beyond just reporting on studies to actually helping the reader understand what changes they need to make to their thinking and lifestyle to achieve optimum health.
Clive Pawson
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was immensely helpful at connecting spiritual wounds with physical wounds
Just reading the cover of this book scared the crap out of me.
Jun 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Excellent information about how our emotions affect our health.
Eduardo tarazona
Muy buen libro

Excelente libro para aplicarlo en nuestra vida, es que n libro para leer varias veces y estudiarlo
Gracias a Dios
Jun 07, 2013 added it
Good information
Book is a good reminder on why we should control our emotions and be forgiving. It is written from a Christian worldview.
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that everyone on Earth should read - no matter if they are Christian or not. We experience true healing by reading the first 20 pages already.
Feb 09, 2015 rated it liked it
I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if the author didn't make so many references to the bible.
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