The Six Essential Aspects of Empathy, Part 4: Perspective Taking

Learning to see and feel from the perspective of others Your Perspective Taking ability helps you imaginatively see and feel things from the perspectives of others. This skill is crucial to your ability to empathize skillfully; good Perspective Taking can help you understand what others want and need. Let’s revisit the six aspects so that we can understand where Perspective Taking fits into the larger picture: … Read More

Workshop: Developing Empathic Boundaries

Developing Empathic Boundaries Setting Flexible Boundaries in an Often-Rigid World June 8: A live 2-hour Zoom workshop with Karla McLaren, M.Ed.   Many of us have been taught that boundaries should be rigid and wall-like, and this rigidity tends to reduce empathy (which is sometimes a good idea). But healthy boundaries can also be living, flexible agreements that can shift and change with changing circumstances. Rigid … Read More

The Six Essential Aspects of Empathy, Part 3: Emotion Regulation

Learning to work with your emotions Your Emotion Regulation skills help you feel, understand, and work with your own emotions. These abilities are crucial to your capacity to empathize skillfully; good Emotion Regulation skills can make your experience of empathy much more comfortable! Let’s revisit the six aspects so that we can understand where Emotion Regulation fits into the larger picture: Emotion Contagion: Before empathy can … Read More

The Six Essential Aspects of Empathy, Part 2: Empathic Accuracy

Becoming accurate with your empathy The crucial second aspect of empathy, Empathic Accuracy, helps you identify and understand emotions in yourself and others. This skill can make your experience of empathy much more precise and workable! Let’s revisit the six aspects so that we can understand where Empathic Accuracy fits into the larger picture: Emotion Contagion: Before empathy can take place, you need to sense that … Read More

The Six Essential Aspects of Empathy, Part 1: Emotion Contagion

An empathic approach to empathy! In my book and audio learning program, The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life’s Most Essential Skill, I focus on my Six Essential Aspects of Empathy model, starting with the first, which has a strange name: Emotion Contagion. Because empathy is first and foremost an emotional skill. Before empathy can take place, you need to sense that an emotion … Read More

Dynamic Emotional Integration® licensing begins this year!

The Dynamic Emotional Integration® licensing program begins in August, 2024! 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 whole-life healing. … Read More

Is love an emotion?

Your emotions are essential aspects of your awareness, your intelligence, your social skills, and your ability to communicate — and each one has a specific purpose. Every emotion has a specific function and a specific action for you to complete so that it can move back and make room for your next emotion, your next thought, and your next idea. As we explore emotions as distinct … Read More

How much emotion is too much?

When I talk about The Language of Emotions, one of the central ideas I share is that all emotions are useful. If you can approach them with care and ask them the right questions, there aren’t any “negative” emotions. Every emotion has a specific function, and all of them are important and instructive Some emotions (such as hatred and panic), need to be handled with care, … Read More

You Can Befriend Your Sadness

Befriending Sadness Welcoming Flow Into Your Life Online course starts November 27 at Empathy Academy Letting go, relaxing, and rejuvenating: These are the gifts of sadness I call sadness “the magical healing balm of the soul” because it’s so essential for your health and well being. Your sadness can help you let go of ideas that are outdated, things that don’t work, and attitudes that don’t … Read More

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