Miriam Greenspan, author of A New Approach to Women and Therapy, and Healing Through the Dark Emotions: The Wisdom of Grief, Fear, and Despair, invites you to use this site as a way to learn about the alchemy of the dark emotions: a transformational process by which grief becomes gratitude, fear turns to joy, and despair opens a doorway to a more resilient faith in life.
Miriam Greenspan takes a fresh approach to the three emotions we most dread and devalue: grief, fear, and despair. She argues that our avoidance and denial of these dark emotions contributes to the epidemic of psychological ailments characteristic of our age: chronic depression, anxiety, psychic numbing, addiction, and irrational violence. By attending to and befriending the dark emotions, we discover their innate intelligence and purpose. We learn the emotional alchemy by which grief turns to gratitude, fear delivers us to joy, and despair becomes a doorway to a more resilient faith in life. The wisdom of the dark emotions not only helps us to heal and transform our lives, but strengthens our connections to one another and to the world.