How Emotions Are Made

The Secret Life of the Brain This month’s Great Read is by a researcher who has upended the entire study of emotions. Lisa Feldman Barrett is a professor of Psychology and a groundbreaking brain researcher who has led us into a new understanding of how the brain works, how emotions work, and why so many of our accepted ideas about the brain are mistaken or just … Read More

The Surprising Genius of Anxiety and Depression

Join Karla McLaren and Anxioneers and Dynamic Emotional Integration® professionals Sarah Alexander in Oregon, Sherry Olander in Virginia, and Jen Nate in Alberta, Canada in this exploration of the important relationship between anxiety and depression. Although these two emotions may seem opposite one another, they actually arise to support each other. As Sarah, Jen, and Sherry shared in their examples, they learned to listen to their … Read More

Befriending Anger

Skills to Help You Make an Ally out of Anger This course is already in progress, and it will be offered again next year. We invite you to explore our other course offerings at Empathy Academy: 4-week online course $145 You need your anger, and your anger needs your support! Your anger is crucial to your sense of yourself, your ability to know who you are … Read More

A better way to think about confusion

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 usually have to create our own! This meme helps us think more clearly about the gifts in confusion. Feel free to share this Better Meme. If you’ve read The Language of Emotions or The Art of Empathy, and you’d like to join our … Read More

The Age of Empathy

A Primatologist Explores the Development of Empathy in Primates This month’s Great Read is a wonderful exploration of the deep roots of empathy in our primate cousins by Sir Frans de Waal. Dr. de Waal began his study of primates by watching for violence, conflict, and warring behaviors, but he soon realized that there were just as many soothing, comforting, fight-avoiding, and consolation behaviors among the … Read More

Conscious Questioning for Anxiety

Join Karla McLaren and Anxioneers and Dynamic Emotional Integration® professionals Bobbi McIntyre from South Carolina, Francine Bélanger from Ontario, Canada, and Camilla Jørgensen from Copenhagen, Denmark, in this discussion on the importance working consciously with your anxiety. Conscious Questioning for Anxiety is the main practice for supporting anxiety. As Bobbi and Francine point out, the practice of list-making is a crucial part of this practice, and … Read More

Emotional Genius Online

Discovering the Brilliance in Your Emotions This course is already in progress, and it will be offered again in the fall. We invite you to explore our other course offerings at Empathy Academy: 6-week online course $215 *CE Credits Available Emotions are possibly your greatest source of instincts, intelligence, and energy — and you can learn how to access the brilliance in each one of them! … Read More

A better way to understand sadness, grief, and depression

  In our Emotion Dynamics Facebook group, we search for images or messages that treat emotions respectfully, but we don’t find many. We usually just create our own! This meme helps us understand the differences between sadness, grief, and depression. Feel free to share this Better Meme. If you’ve read The Language of Emotions or The Art of Empathy, and you’d like to join our Facebook … Read More

Why We Believe What We Believe

Uncovering Our Biological Need for Meaning, Spirituality, and Truth This month’s Great Read delves into beliefs — why we have them, how they work, and what purpose they play. Andrew Newberg is a professor of Radiology and Psychiatry who studied the brain scans of people as they prayed, meditated, and spoke in tongues. Why We Believe What We Believe is a fascinating journey into the cognitive … Read More

Entering the Sacred River of Grief

A Community Healing Ritual This course is already in progress, and it will be offered again at the end of the year. We invite you to explore our other course offerings at Empathy Academy: 2-week online course into 3-day ritual $225 Grief is a powerfully healing emotion that helps us mourn our losses and honor that which is gone forever. In Entering the Sacred River of … Read More

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