Emotion Dynamics https://emotiondynamics.org Bringing groundbreaking emotional skills and healthy empathy to everyone Thu, 19 Nov 2020 16:45:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://emotiondynamics.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/favicon.ico Emotion Dynamics https://emotiondynamics.org 32 32 Introducing Embracing Anxiety! https://emotiondynamics.org/introducing-embracing-anxiety/ https://emotiondynamics.org/introducing-embracing-anxiety/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:00:37 +0000 http://emotiondynamics.org/?p=12397 This month, we’re introducing a new video-series based on Karla McLaren’s newest book, Embracing Anxiety! In this video, Karla explores the many ways that anxiety is confused with other emotions and conditions. Although anxiety works alongside these other emotions and conditions, it contains specific gifts and skills to help you:  Anxiety helps you gather all of your resources to complete your tasks and meet your deadlines. … Read More

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This month, we’re introducing a new video-series based on Karla McLaren’s newest book, Embracing Anxiety!

In this video, Karla explores the many ways that anxiety is confused with other emotions and conditions.

Although anxiety works alongside these other emotions and conditions, it contains specific gifts and skills to help you: 

Anxiety helps you gather all of your resources to complete your tasks and meet your deadlines. It looks toward the future and it gives you the energy and focus you need to get things done. ~Karla McLaren

We welcome you to the journey of embracing your anxiety!

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A better way to think about judgment https://emotiondynamics.org/a-better-way-to-think-about-judgment/ https://emotiondynamics.org/a-better-way-to-think-about-judgment/#respond Tue, 17 Nov 2020 13:00:33 +0000 http://emotiondynamics.org/?p=12506 In our Emotion Dynamics Facebook group, we search for images or messages that treat emotions and judgment as vital aspects of our lives, but we don’t find many. So we create our own! This meme boldly states that judgment is necessary. 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

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In our Emotion Dynamics Facebook group, we search for images or messages that treat emotions and judgment as vital aspects of our lives, but we don’t find many.

So we create our own!

This meme boldly states that judgment is necessary. 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 group, come on over to The Language of Emotions and Empathy group on Facebook.

Description: Blue and green image of the Northern Lights over snowy mountains, with these words:

Judgment is a synonym for intelligence

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Emotional Flow Online https://emotiondynamics.org/emotional-flow-online-2/ https://emotiondynamics.org/emotional-flow-online-2/#respond Tue, 10 Nov 2020 14:13:06 +0000 http://emotiondynamics.org/?p=11278 Becoming Fluent in The Language of Emotions Starts Monday, November 30th 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 … Read More

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Becoming Fluent in The Language of Emotions

Starts Monday, November 30th

8 weeks of self-paced multi-media online learning $165

Learn more or register here

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 from sociology, psychology, neuroscience, and her own in-depth empathic work to help you access and flow with every dimension of your emotional life.

Continuing Education Credits also available for U.S. participants.

Learn more

Emotional Flow

Length: 8 Weeks
Dates: Monday, November 30th, 2020 to Friday, January 22nd, 2021
Price: $165
Forum Instructors: Licensed DEI Trainers & Consultants, Jennifer Nate and Sherry Olander.

Register for Emotional Flow

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Doubt: A History https://emotiondynamics.org/doubt-a-history/ https://emotiondynamics.org/doubt-a-history/#respond Tue, 03 Nov 2020 13:00:23 +0000 http://emotiondynamics.org/?p=12493 The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson This month’s Great Read is a startling exploration of the history of doubters, doubt, apostacy, atheism, and Jennifer Michael Hecht is a philosopher, historian, and poet who chronicles the history of doubt in this well-researched and beautifully-written book. In Doubt: A History, we learn that doubt has always … Read More

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The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson

This month’s Great Read is a startling exploration of the history of doubters, doubt, apostacy, atheism, and

Jennifer Michael Hecht is a philosopher, historian, and poet who chronicles the history of doubt in this well-researched and beautifully-written book.

In Doubt: A History, we learn that doubt has always been a key component in bringing about necessary changes in religious traditions, and in any tradition.

If you are currently doubting the authority of religious or spiritual belief systems, don’t let enraged people ruin your experience of honest, reasonable, and ethical doubt. Attack and argumentation are not your only option!

This book will help you understand the venerable intellectual history of doubt so that you can take your place among the great thinkers and philosophers of the world.

You can learn more or purchase Doubt: A History here.

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Self-Care Immersion https://emotiondynamics.org/self-care-immersion/ https://emotiondynamics.org/self-care-immersion/#respond Tue, 27 Oct 2020 16:37:31 +0000 http://emotiondynamics.org/?p=12564 Emotional Healing, Self-Awareness, and Healthy Community Starts Monday, January 18th, 2021 4-month program $1200 *CE Credits Available *Application Required Join an empathic online community to explore new information about emotions and develop your own self-care program based on your unique needs. This 4-month immersion into emotions, self-healing, and self-care will help you uncover the unique genius in your emotions and support you as you develop new awareness … Read More

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Emotional Healing, Self-Awareness, and Healthy Community

Starts Monday, January 18th, 2021

4-month program $1200

*CE Credits Available *Application Required

Join an empathic online community to explore new information about emotions and develop your own self-care program based on your unique needs.

This 4-month immersion into emotions, self-healing, and self-care will help you uncover the unique genius in your emotions and support you as you develop new awareness and skills.

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Self-Care Immersion

Length: 4 months

Dates: Monday, January 18th to Friday, May 21st

Instructors: Licensed DEI Professionals Jennifer Nate and Sherry Olander, LMT

Cost: $1200

Learn More and Apply

We look forward to seeing you soon!

~ Jen & Sherry

 

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Shame and Contentment Rely on Each Other https://emotiondynamics.org/shame-and-contentment-rely-on-each-other/ https://emotiondynamics.org/shame-and-contentment-rely-on-each-other/#respond Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:00:01 +0000 http://emotiondynamics.org/?p=12299 Introducing two emotions that should work together Shame and contentment are close friends, and when they work well, they almost always work together. These two social emotions they help us become respectful and respectable people with healthy self-esteem. You can watch longer individual videos on each of these emotions on our YouTube channel: The Emotions and Their Gifts playlist at YouTube May your shame and contentment … Read More

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Introducing two emotions that should work together

Shame and contentment are close friends, and when they work well, they almost always work together.

These two social emotions they help us become respectful and respectable people with healthy self-esteem.

You can watch longer individual videos on each of these emotions on our YouTube channel: The Emotions and Their Gifts playlist at YouTube

May your shame and contentment be good friends!

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Licensee Close-Up: Amanda Ball, MS https://emotiondynamics.org/licensee-close-up-amanda-ball-ms/ https://emotiondynamics.org/licensee-close-up-amanda-ball-ms/#respond Sat, 10 Oct 2020 14:11:51 +0000 http://emotiondynamics.org/?p=12532 Amanda is a licensed DEI Trainer and Consultant and lead instructor at Empathy Academy. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Currently living in Sonoma County, California, Amanda considers herself “bi-coastal,” as she also spends a fair amount of time in New England where she grew up. Amanda’s sensitive and loving spirit bring an exuberant passion to all that she does. In addition … Read More

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Amanda is a licensed DEI Trainer and Consultant and lead instructor at Empathy Academy. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Currently living in Sonoma County, California, Amanda considers herself “bi-coastal,” as she also spends a fair amount of time in New England where she grew up. Amanda’s sensitive and loving spirit bring an exuberant passion to all that she does. In addition to her DEI work, Amanda is a photographer of the natural world, animal lover and kitty foster-mom, and teacher and researcher of racial and social justice issues.

Q&A with Amanda Ball, MS

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photo credit: Amanda Ball

What brought you to this work?

The books and then meeting Karla at Kripalu.

Something that really struck me about this work is how emotions are valuable and necessary and we can learn to work with them. It was a sort of “well, duh” moment for me … something I had felt for a while, but didn’t have words for!

What other work do you do and do you combine DEI with that work?

I work in a high school as a manager and social-emotional counselor. I co-created a workbook for teenagers to learn about their emotions and gain skills and practices for supporting and working with their emotions.

I’ve also worked in non-profit organizations for 20 years and have experience working with youth, managing volunteers and interns, recruiting and training foster parents, event planning, data management, and program creation and facilitation. I didn’t always know it, but looking back I was always working with my emotions to navigate these various professional roles and relationships.

What type of clients do you work with?

Adults and teenagers – individual and groups – for consultation/counseling work. And adults from different parts of the world for teaching.

Amanda’s Teaching Philosophy: Learning to understand and work with emotions in healthy ways is quite possibly the best way we can improve our personal well-being and our relationships with others. Emotions have very important and necessary information to share with us. I enjoy helping people learn about their emotions, develop skills for working with them, and welcome them into their lives.

What are some of the highlights of the work you’ve done with DEI?

There are several! First, the Emotional Genius for Teens Workbook – I loved seeing how much teenagers already knew about emotions. They were often easier to work with than adults, because they hadn’t received as much emotion-shaming messages as many adults have.

Also, the Emotional Genius Online course with Sherry – This was my first formal teaching of this work. It was intimidating in the beginning, but now I just love meeting and working with all the different folks who join this course!

There’s the DEI program with Karla, Sherry, and Jen – I love the team we’ve built and the friendships we’ve made with each other and with students/licensees.

Finally, antiracism studies (and work) have been the most revealing. It’s helped me see just how much emotions inform every part of our belief system and behaviors, and how we can change anything when we understand our emotions and learn how to welcome, honor, and support them.

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How has DEI most impacted your own life?

Learning about my own emotions and how to listen to and work with them. I don’t think I could find a “most” as it’s constantly changing and evolving. But recently, my most helpful DEI skill has been setting boundaries empathically in my more difficult and challenging relationships. I’ve silently stayed in painful roles for many years in some of my closest relationships because I don’t want to hurt people. Learning to work honorably with my anger and shame – among other emotions – has been a lifesaver in helping me make healthy and supportive changes in these relationships in respecftul and caring ways for all involved.

What are your most recent projects?

EGT [Emotional Genius for Teens], studying racism and capitalism, and looking for other ways to live together empathically and humanely.

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photo credit: Amanda Ball

Where do you see yourself in regard to this work in the future?

Well, I hope to continue my current role and get more involved in continuing to share this work with the world!

Any final thoughts?

Emotions rock!

Thanks, Amanda!

Amanda Ball, MS

Amanda Ball, MS is double-licensed as a Dynamic Emotional Integration® Trainer and Consultant. She lives in Sonoma County, California, and offers DEI workshops and trainings throughout the Bay Area. She also spends some of her time in Massachusetts and offers trainings and workshops throughout the New England area. Additionally, Amanda offers individual DEI consultations through phone or video conferencing. Amanda has her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling, and is a lead DEI instructor at Empathy Academy. Amanda’s expertise in DEI includes the Four Keys to Emotional Genius, helping people understand the messages and actions behind each emotion, and teaching and practicing the skills that support emotional awareness. Visit her website here: Brilliant Emotions.

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A better way to think about emotions and problems https://emotiondynamics.org/a-better-way-to-think-about-emotions-and-problems/ https://emotiondynamics.org/a-better-way-to-think-about-emotions-and-problems/#respond Tue, 29 Sep 2020 16:54:28 +0000 http://emotiondynamics.org/?p=12244   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 us think more clearly about the connection between emotions and problems, and it challenges a lot of messages that blame emotions for everything. Feel free to share this Better Meme. If you’ve read … Read More

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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 us think more clearly about the connection between emotions and problems, and it challenges a lot of messages that blame emotions for everything. 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 group, come on over to The Language of Emotions and Empathy group on Facebook.

Description: Photo of green leaves on an ivory background, with these words:

Your emotions don’t create problems — they arise to help you deal with problems.

Learn their language, and you can change the world.

~ Karla McLaren, M.Ed.

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Mistakes Were Made (but not by me) https://emotiondynamics.org/mistakes-were-made-but-not-by-me/ https://emotiondynamics.org/mistakes-were-made-but-not-by-me/#respond Tue, 22 Sep 2020 12:00:18 +0000 http://emotiondynamics.org/?p=12276 Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts by Carol Tavris and Eliot Aronson This month’s Great Read is a classic by social psychologists and researchers Carol Tavris and Eliot Aronson, who present a readable, direct, and often uncomfortable(!) explanation of cognitive dissonance – which is our human tendency to hold onto flawed ideas or behaviors even when all of the data suggest that … Read More

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Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts by Carol Tavris and Eliot Aronson

This month’s Great Read is a classic by social psychologists and researchers Carol Tavris and Eliot Aronson, who present a readable, direct, and often uncomfortable(!) explanation of cognitive dissonance – which is our human tendency to hold onto flawed ideas or behaviors even when all of the data suggest that we’re dead wrong. Tavris and Aronson also help us understand why we can usually identify cognitive dissonance in others, yet rarely see it in ourselves.

Mistakes Were Made (but not by me) can help you break out from under the crushing weight of your certainty, understand how to behave when you realize you were wrong, deal responsibly with the discomfort of cognitive dissonance, and learn to laugh at the ways your brain and your memory try to make you the hero of every possible story:

When we make mistakes, cling to outdated attitudes, or mistreat other people, we must calm the cognitive dissonance that jars our feelings of self-worth. And so, unconsciously, we create fictions that absolve us of responsibility, restoring our belief that we are smart, moral, and right — a belief that often keeps us on a course that is dumb, immoral, and wrong. This book offers a fascinating explanation of self-justification — how it works, the damage it can cause, and how we can overcome it.

It’s okay to be wrong when you have the skills you need to make amends and watch your behavior more intelligently.

Note: for those of you who have studied The Language of Emotions, the healing emotion that is required in episodes of cognitive dissonance is shame, but Tavris and Aronson don’t mention it at all. Fascinating!

You can learn more or order Mistakes Were Made here.

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Sadness, Grief, and Depression are Necessary https://emotiondynamics.org/sadness-grief-and-depression-are-necessary/ https://emotiondynamics.org/sadness-grief-and-depression-are-necessary/#respond Tue, 15 Sep 2020 20:41:33 +0000 http://emotiondynamics.org/?p=12297 A short video on three healing emotions in the Sadness Family There are three emotions in the Sadness Family that help us us let go, restore ourselves, mourn, and rejuvenate ourselves: sadness, grief, and depression. All three of these emotions are connected, but each has a specific purpose and you can learn how to work with them individually and together by understanding their similarities and differences. … Read More

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A short video on three healing emotions in the Sadness Family

There are three emotions in the Sadness Family that help us us let go, restore ourselves, mourn, and rejuvenate ourselves: sadness, grief, and depression.

All three of these emotions are connected, but each has a specific purpose and you can learn how to work with them individually and together by understanding their similarities and differences.

It’s normal to feel these three emotions in times of upheaval and loss, and they’re all necessary in a whole and healing life.

You can watch longer individual videos on each of these emotions on our YouTube channel: The Emotions and Their Gifts playlist at YouTube

Take care and be well.

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