- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Sounds True; 32851st edition (June 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591797691
- ISBN-13: 978-1591797692
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 161 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Karla McLaren's unique, empathic view of emotions surprisingly revalues even the most "negative" emotions and opens pathways to understanding the depths of the human soul."
—Michael Meade, author of The World Behind the World and The Water of Life
"This book changed the way I relate to others, and to myself, forever."
—Gavin De Becker, author of The Gift of Fear
About the Author
Empath Karla McLaren is an award-winning author, social science researcher, and pioneering educator whose empathic approach to emotions has taken her through the healing of her own childhood trauma, into a healing career, and now into the study of sociology, anthropology, neurology, cognitive psychology, and education. She is the author of The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings Are Trying to Tell You (Sounds True, 2010), the online course Emotional Flow: Becoming Fluent in the Language of Emotions (Sounds True, 2012) and The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life's Most Essential Skill (October, 2013).
Karla has taught at such venues as the University of San Francisco, Omega Institute, Naropa University, Kripalu, and the Association for Humanistic Psychology. Additionally, as a prison arts educator with the William James Foundation, she has utilized singing, drumming, and drama to help men in maximum security prisons explore and heal long-held emotional traumas. She is currently developing new forms of Empathy and Social Interaction curricula for neurologically diverse populations.
Karla lives in California with her husband, Tino Plank, a Master's level nurse educator who works in hospice and end-of-life care.
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This book and these tools are not for everyone though. One must put forth the effort, learn the skills and put them into practice and then they work. Beautifully.
The author goes through explaining a lot more than many will be willing to read especially if one just want to get to the tools. If this is the case, the reader can fast forward to the chapter "Building your Raft" and then go to the chapters on the specific emotions. Those later chapters can be read repeatedly as one gets to really know the emotions and the interaction between emotions.
The best message of this book is: "there is no bad emotion." All emotions are there to serve us, to help us, to get us to see something that we need to see for our overall benefit. Every time we push an emotion down and refuse to allow it to move through us, refuse to acknowledge it, we hurt ourselves and those around us.