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Emotional Genius

Current research from the fields of neurology, behavioral economics, and cognitive psychology is showing us that -- contrary to what we've been told -- emotions actually help us make decisions. …


Understanding Emotions

How did you come to study the emotions? My empathic skills sort of forced the issue. Though empathy is a normal human skill, most of us learn to dampen it as we acquire spoken language. Most of us …


The Empathic Approach

What is an empath? We're all empaths; our empathic abilities are our preverbal or nonverbal communication skills. These skills give us the ability to read emotions, body language, nuance, gesture, a…


Emotions as Guides

Though regular readers of this blog may have caught onto this already, the premise of The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings are Trying to Tell You is that all of your emotions exist for spec…


Let’s Get Emotional!

How many times have you heard people say something like, "We can't talk if you're going to be all emotional about it!" It's funny that we give nonsense like that a pass, because if you aren't emoti…


The Gifts of Contentment

It's clear that many of us avoid the so-called "difficult" emotions, such as sadness, fear, or anger, but in so doing, we also inadvertently avoid the gifts and strengths these emotion bring us. T…


The Gifts of Fear

Last week, we learned that free-flowing fear brings you focus, instincts, and intuition. In this excerpt from my book The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings Are Trying to Tell You, we'll loo…


The Intuitive Emotion!

Last week, we learned to channel sadness and access the gifts it brings us. We also learned that many meditation systems utilize the gifts of sadness without realizing which emotion they're using.…


The Gifts in Your Emotions

Last week, we looked at creating a mindful middle ground for working with our emotions, which I call channeling. This week, we'll look at a specific channeling exercise from my book, The Language …


Embrace Your Emotions!

Last week's post on creating a mindful middle ground between repressing anger and expressing it drew a great deal of commentary. This week, let's step back from specific emotions and look at the place…


about Karla McLaren

Though Karla McLaren created her empathic approach to emotions to help people heal from trauma, she ended up discovering how emotions help us think, decide, and relate to each other brilliantly. Her newest book and audio learning set, "The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings Are Trying to Tell You", teaches you how to use your natural empathy and discover the gifts and messages inside every emotion you have. Karla and her husband Tino live in Santa Cruz, California.

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