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looks at what our emotions are trying to
— Dr. Paul Rasmussen, professor of
psychology at Furman University, has
published a new book that examines the power
of emotions and the important role they play
in mental health.
The book, The Quest to Feel Good, argues
that emotions such as anxiety and depression
are more than the result of random or
disordered biochemical processes in the
brain. Instead, they are mechanisms that
help us adapt to the demands of life and
serve as basic learning processes.
“We have come to believe that life should be
lived without any unhappiness or distress
and that any negative emotion is a sign of a
disordered physiology,” Rasmussen said. “But
we need to understand that even so-called
negative emotions can exist in the service
of our well-being. They shouldn’t be viewed
simply as biochemical demons that must be
The Quest to Feel Good was published in June
by Routledge Publishing.
Rasmussen has been at Furman since 1990,
where he teaches courses in psychopathology,
psychopathic personality, and counseling and
psychotherapy. He is also the author of
Therapy, published by the American
Psychological Association, and he gave the
keynote address at this summer’s annual
meeting of the Israeli Association of
Adlerian Psychology in Tel Aviv.
A graduate of Southern Utah University,
Rasmussen holds a master's degree in
experimental psychology from Florida
Atlantic University and a Ph.D. in clinical
psychology from the University of Georgia.
In addition to his teaching duties at
Furman, he maintains a private practice in
Greenville for families and individuals.