The Idiot Guide to Emotions has two functions; it sets out to elucidate the nature and functions of our emotions, and provides clear instructions and examples to handle them and keep them in a healthy balance.
The author stresses in this guide the fact that emotions have a kaleidoscopic nature, which means that they depend on each other, in that if one gets blocked, all will be blocke. In other words, if one emotion assumes a predominance, all will be out of balance, and the person will be thrown into emotional chaos and confusion.
The author shows that balance is vital to emotions in the sense that they assume a rather negative and devastating character when getting out of balance. Thus all the wisdom is in keeping a healthy balance with all our emotions, first of all by acknowledging them, second by not dividing them up into ‘good ones’ and ‘bad ones’, and third by recognizing the wisdom and functionality of each and every emotion.
Pierre F. Walter considers this guide as the most important among all the twelve selfhelp textbooks, as it also assumes a preventive purpose. It is a fact not only in forensic research, but common sense that most crimes are committed, and certainly most sex crimes, because people mishandle their sexual energy, their emotional flow, or rather, have never learnt to handle it in the first place. This is simply so because in our culture the bioenergetic nature of emotions is veiled or outright rejected; this means in addition that emotions are in our culture not seen as what they are, that is flowing streams of vital energy. Besides, emotions are completely misconstrued by Western science and psychology as static elements of cognition. Hence, what is, if ever, taught about them in the school system, is wrong and incomplete.
The guide provides work tools for getting the reader in touch with their deepest genuine emotions and for directing their life toward evolution, not devolution, by simply focusing on emotional unfoldment, not ‘rational rhetoric’ and political correctness.