Sunday Jul 02, 2023
Sunday Jul 02, 2023
Karla McLaren, M.Ed. is an award-winning author, social science researcher, workplace consultant, and empathy expert. Her lifelong work focuses on her grand unified theory of emotions, which revalues even the most “negative” emotions and opens startling new pathways into self-awareness, effective communication, and healthy empathy. She is the founder and CEO of Emotion Dynamics Inc. and the developer of the Empathy Academy online learning site.
Her applied work, Dynamic Emotional Integration® (also known as DEI) is a trailblazing approach to emotions and empathy that reveals the genius and healing power within the emotional realm. Licensed DEI Trainers and Consultants are available across the globe. You can learn more about DEI licensing here.
Karla has also developed the groundbreaking Six Essential Aspects of Empathy model that highlights all of the processes in healthy empathy and makes them easily understandable, accessible, and attainable. This fully realized model teaches people how to access, develop, and manage their empathy intentionally. It also explicitly welcomes people who have been exiled from earlier models of empathy (such as men, boys, autistic people, and people dealing with narcissistic or psychopathic tendencies).
Karla is the author of The Power of Emotions at Work: Accessing the Vital Intelligence in Your Workplace (2021), Embracing Anxiety: How to Access the Genius of this Vital Emotion (2020), The Dynamic Emotional Integration® Workbook (2018), The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life’s Most Essential Skill (2013), The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings are Trying to Tell You (2010), and many online courses now available at Empathy Academy.
Karla is also the coauthor (with cult expert Dr. Janja Lalich) of Escaping Utopia: Growing Up in a Cult, Getting Out, and Starting Over, which focuses on Dr. Lalich’s groundbreaking study of seventy people who were born in or grew up in forty different cults spanning twelve countries (Routledge, 2017).
Currently she is working on an emotions game/card deck for children, and a newly updated and revised edition of The Language of Emotions, which was released in May of this year, 2023.
This interview with Karla is hosted by Dr. Dawson Church’s colleague Amanda Wonderland.
For more about Karla, her work, and books: https://karlamclaren.com/
To connect with Amanda: https://www.amandawonderland.com/
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