The positive benefits of swearing … really!

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Personal confession: I love to swear. I developed my freaking excellent swearing habit when I worked as a radio newscaster. On the air, I and everyone at the station had to have perfect manners, perfect diction, and perfect timing while we ran our engineering boards, cued up tapes and CDs, and monitored the clocks. We absolutely could not swear while we were on the air (the … Read More

Is it empathy or projection? Ten ways to know.

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Can you read the emotions of others, or are you simply projecting your own emotions? The answer to this question isn’t simple, but there are ways tell the difference, and ways to develop your empathic abilities and accuracy so that you’re not simply projecting your own emotional state at others. Ten possibilities to explore Sometimes, people will tell you that an emotion you sensed isn’t there, … Read More

Quiz: How to Know If You’re an Empath

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Hello! After studying empathy and emotions for four decades, I’ve developed a very simple and accurate way to tell if you’re an empath. Are you ready to find out? Karla McLaren’s Amazingly Accurate Quiz for Empaths Question 1: Are you breathing? Yes/No (choose one) Yes? You’re an empath. No? Take a breath and start over at Question 1. (spoiler alert) Congratulations! You’re an empath! That’s a … Read More

Learning to value your anger

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How does anger work? In my work with emotions, I identify what’s happening when people feel specific emotions. For instance, when we say we’re angry, what is occurring? What are the situations that call forth an anger response and how does the anger address what’s happening? How does anger support or impede us, and what is anger’s purpose? Over the decades, I’ve asked that question of … Read More

You Can Befriend Your Sadness

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Letting go, relaxing, and rejuvenating: These are the gifts of sadness Online course starts Monday, April 1st at Empathy Academy This course is for: Everyone. Sadness, we need you! I’ve been observing the emotions on the left and the right here in the U.S., and it pretty much goes like this: Anger, fear, panic, hatred, depression, despair, and then it starts again at anger. These are … Read More

Dynamic Emotional Integration® begins in April!

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The Self-Care Track of the DEI program begins on Monday, April 29th. Your emotions contain vital wisdom and healing powers that aren’t available anywhere else. When you know how to listen to your emotions and work with them directly, they can support you in astonishing ways. Dynamic Emotional Integration® (or DEI) helps you access the genius in your emotions and your empathy to support whole-life awareness and … Read More

Emotional Genius Online in February

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Discovering the Brilliance in Your Emotions 6-week online course starts Monday, February 18th Learn more or register here 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. All emotions contain genius, and your emotions are vital for thinking, learning, and understanding others. Each of your emotions is essential, and … Read More

Understanding unhealthy influence

Escaping Utopia (Routledge, 2017), which I co-authored, tells the stories of 65 people from 39 different cults in more than a dozen countries. My co-author, sociologist Janja Lalich, PhD, is an internationally renowned expert on cults, indoctrination, extremist groups, and terrorist groups, and she is a cult survivor. So am I. Janja knows cults from the inside out, and she shows that a cult is simply a … Read More

Understanding unhealthy forms of control

Escaping Utopia (Routledge, 2017), which I co-authored, tells the stories of 65 people from 39 different cults in more than a dozen countries. My co-author, sociologist Janja Lalich, PhD, is an internationally renowned expert on cults, indoctrination, extremist groups, and terrorist groups, and she is a cult survivor. So am I. Janja’s work on cults is groundbreaking because she knows cults from the inside out, and she … Read More

Understanding unhealthy belief systems

Escaping Utopia (Routledge, 2017), which I co-authored, tells the stories of 65 people from 39 different cults in more than a dozen countries. My co-author, sociologist Janja Lalich, PhD, is an internationally renowned expert on cults, indoctrination, extremist groups, and terrorist groups, and she is a cult survivor. So am I. Janja’s work on cults is groundbreaking because she knows cults from the inside out, and she … Read More

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