Better Together

~ by Anchen Texter, licensed DEI Trainer & Consultant ~ Western culture has stereotypes about emotions that put them into rigid boxes: anger is to be controlled, sadness is only appropriate in certain instances, fear is to be hidden, and happiness is to be expressed, but not too much. There is so much more to our emotional lives than this limited range! What we don’t realize … Read More

Why There Are No Negative Emotions

by Jessica Moore, licensed DEI Trainer & Consultant  How often have you been warned of the dangers of “negative” emotions? Whether from psychologists or New Age gurus, that phrase is repeated so often that I wouldn’t blame you at all if you took it as gospel. I used to feel that way! But what if the truth was radically different? What if all emotions serve a … Read More

Educate with Empathy – a more effective way to learn.

~ by Anchen Texter,  DEI Trainer & Consultant Comfort and safety are feelings you might not associate with online courses, but these two values are at the core of empathic course design. Every day, our bodies shift from the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and replenish) to the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) and back again as we go from home to work, or from a … Read More

Resolutions and Emotions

~ by Sherry Jean Olander, DEI Trainer & Consultant ~ Most people I know don’t even bother to make New Year’s resolutions. Some folks who really want to make lasting changes in their life start out with the best of intentions, but you know the drill – they end up overwhelmed, discouraged, and depressed by the 2nd week of January. Are you one of these people? … Read More

Holiday Tips for Emotional Health

by Sherry J. Olander, licensed DEI Trainer & Consultant This time of year is chock full of holidays from various cultures and religions. In America, the holiday season usually begins at Thanksgiving and continues until New Year’s Day. During this time there is a lot going on and most people will say that it is very stressful! If you are familiar with Dynamic Emotional Integration® and the … Read More

Ego, Shame, & Cognitive Dissonance

by Jessica Moore, licensed DEI Trainer and Consultant In today’s polarized social and political climate, it can be hard to maintain integrity and empathy in our interactions with those who don’t agree with us. One of our most helpful allies in this is the much-maligned and often-misunderstood emotion of shame. Even though shame isn’t the easiest emotion to feel and work with, it is invaluable in … Read More

Here we gather…to honor our emotions!

by Jennifer Asdorian, licensed DEI Trainer and Consultant Earlier this year, a dear friend of mine became engaged. She and her fiancé wanted a do-it-yourself wedding in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. Their plan was to have guests backpack to the high camp and also give everyone invited a job to do. They asked me to be one of two officiants, and I took the opportunity to … Read More

Why Love is Not an Emotion

Emotions are vital aspects of your cognition, your conscious awareness, your social skills, and your ability to communicate — and each one has a unique reason for arising. Every emotion has a specific function, a specific purpose, and a specific action for you to complete so that it can move on and make room for your next emotion, your next thought, and your next idea. Author and … Read More

Why Anger, Why Now?

  Anchen Texter, licensed DEI® Trainer and Consultant, writes about her journey to understand anger.   The reason I created a course on working with anger is because for so many years, I was terrible at it. I couldn’t talk about it, certainly couldn’t do it, and I bottled it all up inside until it felt like I was walking around with a deadly weapon. One … Read More

Good Boundaries and Horse Sense

To create boundaries or not to create boundaries, that is the question… by Bobbi McIntyre, licensed DEI Trainer & Consultant I can tell you from personal experience about living with an open heart (without boundaries) and living with boundaries. I fell into the trap (as do others) of believing that living with an open heart is the epitome of love and/or spirituality. I learned it from … Read More

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