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The Language of Emotions wins!

Wow! Silver and Gold!

(May 12, 2011 – Boulder, Colo.) Sounds True is proud to announce that author Karla McLaren has won two awards for her 2010 book, The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings are Trying to Tell You (Sounds True, June 2010. The awards include:

Gold medal for The Language of Emotions 2010 Gold Medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards (in Self Help)

The Independent Publisher Book Awards recognizes the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles produced each year, and rewards those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing. In 2010, 3,907 entries from nine countries competed; 346 medals were awarded.


Silver medal for The Language of Emotions 2010 Silver Medal from the Nautilus Book Awards (in Personal Growth/Self-Help/Psychology)

The Nautilus Awards recognizes distinguished literary titles that promote conscious living, high-level wellness, spiritual growth, green values, responsible leadership, and positive social change. Award-winning titles stimulate the imagination and offer the reader new possibilities for a better life and a better world.


The Language of Emotions is the first book to explain all of the emotions in functional, everyday contexts. Each emotion gets its own chapter that explores what it’s for, why it arises (and in what forms), how it’s connected to your other emotions, and how to work with it in yourself and others,” says Karla McLaren.

Emotions—especially the dark and dishonored ones—hold a tremendous amount of energy. We’ve all seen what happens when we repress or carelessly express them. In The Language of Emotions, Karla McLaren shows you how to meet your emotions and receive their life-saving wisdom to safely move toward resolution and equilibrium. Through experiential exercises covering a full spectrum of feelings from anger, fear, and shame to jealousy, grief, joy, and more, you’ll discover how to work with your own and others’ emotions with fluency and expertise. This book is a much-needed resource filled with revolutionary teachings and breakthrough skills for cultivating a new and empowering relationship with your feeling states through The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings are Trying to Tell You.


16 Responses

  1. Terre Spencer
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    This just made my day! TLOE is a a book I recommend to the trauma survivors that I work with—most are currently or recently in overwhelm as a result of a being the spouse of a sex addict/narcissist. To discover a loved one’s deception, betrayals and acting out behaviors usually sends the spouse to one end of the feeling spectrum or another. When feelings are running that intensely, many wives go numb/confused or stay at a fever pitch until they physically collapse. TLOE is the best tool for helping tease out the feelings and work with them one at a time—which is the best healing tool for this population. Of course, it is the best tool for anyone, but, the need seems more critical when suicide seems a daily option for this extremely traumatized group.
    I am so pleased that the book is winning prizes as well as changing lives.

    • Karla
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      Terre, thanks so much for your support. I’ve been looking at a group of people (okay, at a lot of groups of people) who don’t know they’re still in their trauma — acting from it, creating movements about it, devoting whole blogs to it — and it makes me so happy to see that my contribution to the relief of suffering is making some headway. I have such compassion for all these people trapped in trauma, but sometimes I just wanna go, “Dude! There’s another option, here, it’s real! You can fly, you can be free!”

      We need more soul warriors and fewer trauma zombies. Thanks for the work you’re doing in the trenches, my sister!

  2. JD
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    Congratulations, these awards are well-deserved. I have to testify, here – and this is without hyperbole – TLoE was the most important book to enter my life in the past ten years.I wish I’d had this when I was a teenager. It is a groundbreaking book that should be required reading for everyone. It’s contains so much truth, so much wisdom. I have never read such clear, insightful writing about emotions. I will be studying and putting your ideas into practice for years to come.

    • Karla
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      Thank you so much!

      Oh JD, I sooooo wish I had had this knowledge when I was a teenager, too. Especially the info about depression and anger, which were my saviors and tormentors for so many years. Oh, and the info about trauma would have been wonderful.

      Quick! Let’s jump in the Tardis and time-travel back to our teens! I’ll give your teen self a copy of the book, you give my teen self a copy, and we will avoid temporal paradoxes!

  3. Mary Ann Ribble
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    Karla, Yippee! SOOOO happy for you! I am slowly moving my way through the Gold Mine of your book.
    I am a hearing impaired (since 21/2 yrs.) woman whom has existed since then in the repressed /and “hiding” hearing world. By this I mean that I never lost my awareness of the subtle and loud non-verbal signs of emotions in others.
    but since I needed to Know what was going ON around me, and being traumatized by the severed connections with the world and others that hearing loss brings and seeing the unspoken “dangers” of poorly expressed emotions, I became hyper-vigilant in being aware of and caring for Others’ feelings as I read them.
    So for over 20 years I have been learning about My emotions, unfortunately, but maybe safely at first, within the Eastern Religious/New Age systems of thought.
    In therapy and within a close friendship, I discovered the tremendous
    power within emotions and tried hard with a lot of guides that were traumatized and repressed themselves to jump into the wonder that I knew intuitively they held and could bring to my Life.
    I will be recommending your book to anyone I counsel or think can benefit from it. I would love to use it as a basis for a study group. Thank you so much and again Congratulations!

    • Karla
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      Thanks so much, Mary Ann. I’m so glad my book is helpful for you. Yay!

  4. Allison Peacock
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    Woo-hooo!!! Genius prevails.

    We all knew you were an Empath Geek Girl of the wisest level. Nice of the rest of the world to agree.

    Go get ’em, sister.

    – Your Empath Geek Sister in Texas

    • Karla
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      Thank you, Geekpal!

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