Book review: ‘Emotional Poverty’ is a text to savor and share

September 11, 2018 Published by

Emotional Poverty Book CoverThank you for Emotional Poverty! I have been an aha! Process fan since the late 1990s when I was trained in A Framework for Understanding Poverty. I have every book you have written. But…in my opinion, Emotional Poverty is THE BEST! This text is the most cross-disciplinary, practical, emotionally stimulating text you have written. It appeals to me in several ways.

There used to be a seafood restaurant in Washington, D.C. on the wharf called Phillips Flagship. I am not a fan of buffet-style restaurants, but the seafood was so fresh, and the side dishes were tasty, and I was drawn in by the all-you-can eat crab, crab legs, shrimp, and fresh breads and homemade desserts. The first time I dined there, I would taste something and then offer a taste to my husband because the tastes were so delightful.

Emotional Poverty reminds me of this experience. The text Emotional Poverty is like an emotional intelligence buffet. I can’t stop tasting every chapter, and I can’t choose what to sample and try first. It is so good that I am going to have to invite my friends to take a bite of my serving.

As a professor of social work, it is an appetizer to accompany lectures with my students on human behavior in the social environment. In fact, I am considering adopting your text and writing and teaching an elective next summer titled Emotional Poverty and Social Work Practices.

As a clinical social worker who provides professional development for counselors and social workers, it is like a salad for my continuing education lunch. Rich with greens and growth for counselors and social workers to help nurture the emotional-resource needs of our clients.

As a mother, it is like a taste of ice cream refreshing me on hot days of frustration when I can’t understand the choices of my son.

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As a trainer-of-trainers to other educators, it is like a slice of pound cake—buttery pound cake that melts in your mouth. It leaves a sweet taste of making a difference in the classroom.

As an EMDR-trained therapist, it is like a loaf of fresh bread addressing the hard and crusty neuroscience of trauma, bonding, and attachment.

I have walked away from this buffet of a text STUFFED, but I can’t stop eating! As soon as I get a hold on my current responsibilities and research projects, I would love to do some research using this text as the central theme.

I wanted you to know how much I enjoyed the book. It would make a GREAT workshop topic for TRIO conferences with an emphasis on Upward Bound and GEAR UP.

Thank you for this resource tool, Ruby. I am already planning to use it in many ways!

Dr. Sherri Harper Woods is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio.

 

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