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

Understanding unhealthy leadership

Last year, I co-authored a book about children who grew up in cults (like I did) and escaped. Escaping Utopia (Routledge, 2017) 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 as well. Because we … Read More

Emotional Flow starts December 3rd!

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Becoming Fluent in The Language of Emotions Starts Monday, December 3rd 8 weeks of exploring the genius in your emotions $165 Emotional Flow will help you access the genius inside your emotions Your emotions are 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 … Read More

Befriend your anger and change your life

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You need your anger, and you also need to learn how to work with it Your anger is crucial to your sense of yourself, your ability to know who you are and what you want, and your ability to set boundaries. When you know how to work with your anger, your life can change in remarkable ways. Starting November 5th, you can explore this essential emotion … Read More

Welcome to the Empathic Autistic Community!

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Hello and welcome! I just received an email from a young newly-identified autistic man* who was looking for resources, and I realized that I need more pages devoted to resources on my site! *I use identify-first language (for instance, autistic man) for most disabilities, including my own, and it’s an intentional choice. Before you prepare a person-first lecture, see the note at the bottom of this … Read More

A Simple Way to Balance Your Whole Life

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Elemental Balance: Honoring Your Whole Self An online course at Empathy Academy Monday, October 1st to Friday, October 26th 4 Weeks: $135 If you want to learn to work brilliantly with your emotions, it’s important to know where they fit into your life. Are they suppressed? Are they overemphasized? Are your intellectual life and your emotional life balanced, or do they fight with one another? Does … Read More

A new therapeutic approach and licensing program!

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Emotions contain vital healing wisdom that isn’t available anywhere else Recent research is helping us see that emotions are vital to nearly everything we do. Though we have misunderstood emotions for centuries and treated them very poorly, we are beginning to understand their value and their power. Emotions help us attach value to information. They help us decide whether people are safe or unsafe. They help … Read More

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