It has shown us how emotion figures into our most intimate relationships and shapes them.
It has taught us that we can use those relationships to temper our negative feelings, dampen their toxic nature and be inspired by positive emotions to reach out to others and to the world.
In his book, The Wise Heart, Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield offers a beautiful image for our new understanding:
"We can let ourselves be carried by the river of feelings---because we know how to swim."
Taken from the book by Dr. Sue Johnson, Love Sense