Course objectives: Define and discuss the six essential aspects of empathy a scientifically validated human function that can be cultivated in order to improve our relationships and quality of lifeDiscuss an empathic guide to emotions including the three basic levels of emotions, the four problems that lead to emotional confusion, as well as the gifts and necessary actions to be taken inherent within each emotionSummarize the five basic empathic mindfulness skills new ways to function around pain and challenges; where emotion work may be requested and respected with the intention of healing and transformationDiscuss how to engage the art of empathy with self, in relationships, in the workplace, and ultimately, how to contribute to the creation of an empathetic civilization the human race
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: Discover and strengthen this natural social and emotional abilityPrepare for empathy training by learning to identify and regulate our emotions and boundariesMove into the felt experience of others with authenticity and respectStay rejuvenated on the empathic path through grounding, healthy boundaries, and replenishing with joyImprove our intimate relationships, parenting efforts, and workplace issuesExpand empathy into our communities and the natural world
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.
About the Author
Karla McLarenEmpath Karla McLaren is an award-winning author, social science researcher, and pioneering educator whose empathic approach to emotions has taken her through the healing of her own childhood trauma, into a healing career, and now into the study of sociology, anthropology, neurology, cognitive psychology, and education. She is the author of The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings Are Trying to Tell You (Sounds True, 2010), the online course Emotional Flow: Becoming Fluent in the Language of Emotions (Sounds True, 2012) and The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life's Most Essential Skill (October, 2013).Karla has taught at such venues as the University of San Francisco, Omega Institute, Naropa University, Kripalu, and the Association for Humanistic Psychology. Additionally, as a prison arts educator with the William James Foundation, she has utilized singing, drumming, and drama to help men in maximum security prisons explore and heal long-held emotional traumas. She is currently developing new forms of Empathy and Social Interaction curricula for neurologically diverse populations.Karla lives in California with her husband, Tino Plank, a Master's level nurse educator who works in hospice and end-of-life care.