Empathy and Self-Care

Tending your world without losing yourself Starts Monday, August 3rd 4-week online course $145 Learn to meet the emotional waves of life without depleting yourself! When you understand how essential your emotions and empathy are in navigating the complexities of living, you can take better care of them, and of yourself. In Empathy & Self-Care, learn how to balance the amount and kind of empathy work … Read More

A better way to think about fear, anxiety, and panic

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 helps you understand the differences and similarities between fear, anxiety, and panic so that you can understand how to work with each one — or all three of them if necessary. Feel free to share … Read More

Embracing Anxiety

How to Access the Genius of This Vital Emotion by Karla McLaren This month’s Great Read is a book we’re excited to share! It’s Karla McLaren’s brand new book about the gifts and skills your anxiety brings to you. Embracing Anxiety is an in-depth guide to the emotion Karla calls “your task-completion expert.” She helps you work with anxiety directly and identify the many other emotions … Read More

Licensee Close-up: Bobbi McIntyre

Bobbi is a licensed DEI Trainer and Consultant and Equine-Assisted Life Coach living in the upstate area of South Carolina. She was a member of the very first cohort of DEI licensees at Empathy Academy and became licensed in 2016. Bobbi was also the first woman to qualify as a US Navy Surface Warfare Officer. She’s tough! But her patient, loving nature shines the brightest, creating a compassionate … Read More

Multiple Emotions are Necessary

A short video on why it’s important for your emotions to work together Starting this month, we’re exploring how multiple emotions arise together to support each other, especially during difficult and uncertain times. Your emotions bring you gifts and skills, and it’s normal to require more than one gift and more than one skill! In this video Karla McLaren introduces one of the Four Keys to … Read More

A better way to think about sadness and grief

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, and sometimes we rework terrible ones. This meme comes from a meme we found that told people to suppress their emotions and throw happiness on top of suffering. It was terrible, so Karla rewrote it. Feel free … Read More

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.

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

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