The Managed Heart

Commercialization of Human Feeling by Arlie Russell Hochschild This month’s Great Read is a deservedly famous book by sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild, who developed the concept of emotional labor. Emotional labor refers to the ways we manage, conceal, inflate, or studiously ignore our own emotions (and the emotions of others) in the context of the workplace. Emotional labor is a crucial part of many jobs, yet … Read More

Cards! The Language of Emotions card deck

Have you ever wished you had flash cards for your emotions?   In this video Karla introduces her Language of Emotions card set. This card set is a quick and easy way to reference the skills in each of the 17 emotions and each of the 5 Empathic Mindfulness practices.

Emotional Flow Online

Becoming Fluent in The Language of Emotions Starts Monday, June 8th 8 weeks of self-paced multi-media online learning $165 Emotional Flow will help you access the genius inside your emotions. Your emotions are absolutely essential to every aspect of your life — yet few of us were ever taught how to work with them skillfully. In this self-paced 8-week course, empathy pioneer Karla McLaren brings together findings … Read More

Embracing Emotions in Clinical Practice

Exploring the Empathic Paradigm Starts Monday, June 1st 6-week online course $385 In this course for mental health professionals, we will explore the empathic paradigm of Dynamic Emotional Integration®, which approaches all emotions as uniquely healing and essential aspects of cognition, decision-making, behavior, and action. Embracing Emotions in Clinical Practice Online at Empathy Academy Length: 6 weeks Dates: Monday, June 1st to Friday, July 10th, 2020 … Read More

A better way to look at sadness

In our Emotion Dynamics Facebook group, we search for images or messages that treat emotions and empathy with respect, but we don’t find many. So we create our own! This meme about sadness celebrates its gifts, and it challenges a lot of the messages we receive about avoiding sadness at all costs. Feel free to share this Better Meme. If you’ve read The Language of Emotions … Read More

The Heart of Addiction

A New Approach to Understanding and Managing Alcoholism and Other Addictive Behaviors, by Lance Dodes, M.D. This month’s Great Read is a groundbreaking and empathic way to view and treat addictions, not as a character flaw or a disease, but as an attempt to address emotional pain. Lance Dodes is a retired clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard who watched people repeatedly fail sobriety programs — … Read More

The Magic of Weasel Words

How can you speak about emotions with people who don’t want to talk about them?   In this video, Karla McLaren introduces the concept of “stress” as a weasel word that people use to avoid or hide from their emotional awareness. “Stress is an emotional reaction. To use the word stress is a way to hide emotional awareness from ourselves.” Luckily, you can increase your vocabulary … Read More

A better way to look at feeling angry

In our Emotion Dynamics Facebook group, we try to find memes and posts that are respectful toward emotions and empathy, but they’re hard to find. Especially about anger! So we made our own. Feel free to share this Better Meme about anger. This one helps people understand that anger is about setting boundaries, and that we can do that with strength and love. Excellent! If you’ve read … Read More

The Dynamic Emotional Integration Workbook

The Practical Guide for Discovering the Genius in Your Emotions, by Karla McLaren, M.Ed. This month’s Great Read is a workbook that can help you understand each of your 17 emotions and learn the Empathic Mindfulness practices that can help you work directly with your emotions in surprising new ways. Based on Karla McLaren’s The Language of Emotions, this workbook helps you understand the ideas behind Dynamic … Read More

Your Free Emotional Vocabulary List!

This month, we’re focusing on your emotional vocabulary, and how it can help you understand and regulate your emotions.   In this video, Karla McLaren explores the importance of having a large emotional vocabulary to describe how you’re feeling. Understanding and being able to describe your emotions in their different intensities can help you become more emotionally aware, and more emotionally skilled.  You can download this … Read More

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