The Art of Empathy

A Complete Guide to Life’s Most Essential Skill, Book and audio covers of The Art of Empathy by Karla McLarenby Karla McLaren, M.Ed.

This month’s Great Read is an in-depth exploration of empathy — what it is, how it works, how it develops, and how you can develop your own healthy empathy.

Karla McLaren grew up as a hyper-empathic person who once thought that empathy was a psychic skill (it’s not). She realized her mistake, and dove into research across nearly half a dozen fields to explore this vital trait.

But most empathy research isn’t written by hyper-empathic people, and Karla brings a fresh and hands-on understanding to this often confusing topic in The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life’s Most Essential Skill.

She also developed the groundbreaking Six Essential Aspects of Empathy model that helps you understand empathy — yours and everyone else’s — very clearly.

In this book, you’ll learn how to understand and use your empathy, how to increase your empathy if you have a hard time understanding others, and how to calm your empathy down if it’s overwhelming.

Karla writes this: 

We all long to be seen and understood, to be valued and honored, and to be loved for exactly who we are. We also want to connect deeply with others, understand them clearly, and respond skillfully to their wants and needs. We want to navigate through difficulties and conflicts with grace, and we want our relationships to be a source of healing, strength, humor, and love. We want empathy – and we want to know how to offer our empathy to others.

This book helps you understand and work with your empathy so that you can live your life more fully and more comfortably.

You can learn more or purchase The Art of Empathy here.


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