Some of us are natural-born empaths - those with an exceptional gift for feeling and understanding the emotions, circumstances, and needs of others. But empathy, teaches Karla McLaren, is a universal human skill that we can all learn to awaken and use wisely. With The Art of Empathy, you will learn, step-by-step, the art of experiencing through the eyes and hearts of those around you - and to connect with and support them most effectively. Drawing on insights spanning social psychology, current brain research, and traditional healing and spiritual wisdom, this acclaimed teacher and author shows us how to:
As our social landscape and ways of connecting continue to shift and evolve rapidly, empathy may be the most essential skill for navigating our emotional and interpersonal lives. The Art of Empathy provides us with the insights and training to master its many dimensions.
©2013 Karla McLaren (P)2013 Karla McLaren
I was looking for a book to help me increase my empathy. This book certainly helped in that, but the hidden gem inside that I didn't expect were the chapters in the beginning on emotions. What are they, and what should we do with them. Those were an eye opener, and those chapters (2 and 3) alone are worth reading the book. The subsequent chapters are decent, but can be a bit long for the amount of information they convey.
If only her teachings would be taught in schools there would be less stress, anxiety, misunderstandings in the world. but then of course with more balanced well communicating people walking our planet consumerism and sales of products which rely on all these weak emotional states to drive profits would one day dry up and comrporatilns seas to exist.
Thank you for this wealth of information. It's so useful. There's so much in it I'll be listening to it again and again to really absorb it. You have a lovely voice which made listening really enjoyable.
I found the author's voice very engaging and easy to listen to - something that is not typical of most reference/self-help books.
I could easily have listened to it in one sitting - it was fascinating!
This has been a *really* useful book for me as a trainee counsellor.
"Exceptional way of explaining emotions."
I confess that it took me a while to find a book that would talk about empathy without being mystic or with too much emphasis on low empath people.
I love the fact that the author went after the science behind empaths and developed this depicted and careful explanation and a training of your own level of empathy.
It was touching and smart and bright and very insightful.
I'm so glad I found this book!
What a great read. I really learned a lot. About how the different personality types view the world which has really helped me.
Very good for foundational understanding of emotions and how to handle them. Highly recommended to anyone interested in the subject.
I loved this book. I've learnt so much! thank you for sharing Karla for helping me take my first steps into intentional empathy. My emotional partner is a hyper empath and I've always struggled to understand her. I decided to read this book as part of my commitment to be better and more supporting. It has definitely made me more aware of her needs and also my own! Some readers might find the book only helpful during the last 2 sessions because they are more hands on empathy how-to, but coming from a complete lack of emotional education I really appreciated the first 4 "intro" sessions into the world of emotions.
"Good book and theory"
I liked the book
Lots of I use - and emotions
Good therapy for understanding empathy- lots of adjectives.
"awesome and very helpful , Karla did a great job"
awesome and very helpful , Karla did a great job as narrator , highly recommended. Empathy is critical for self and other acceptance, loved it
"emotional common sense"
everyone should read this or listen to it. really good for managing emotions and working with people around you.
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