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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 ability
  • Prepare for empathy training by learning to identify and regulate our emotions and boundaries
  • Move into the felt experience of others with authenticity and respect
  • Stay rejuvenated on the empathic path through grounding, healthy boundaries, and replenishing with joy
  • Improve our intimate relationships, parenting efforts, and workplace issues
  • Expand 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.

©2013 Karla McLaren (P)2013 Karla McLaren

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Wish I had this step-by-step help 50 years ago! This is where I have to believe that it is never too late!

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Avoid this book

I was not a fan of this audiobook at all. Far too slow paced, felt more like an autobiography about this hyperempath and overall not my cup of tea.

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  • Livia Fanti
  • 2016-04-13

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!

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  • Tampa Carry
  • 2016-06-04

Awesome Book

What a great read. I really learned a lot. About how the different personality types view the world which has really helped me.

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  • Svenn Are Tutturen
  • 2017-08-15

A must read for everyone

Increadibly insightful. No matter your current level of empathy, emotional intelligence or stability, this book will move you several steps forward.

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  • Luke Woydziak
  • 2015-05-15

Immensely helpful

Very good for foundational understanding of emotions and how to handle them. Highly recommended to anyone interested in the subject.

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  • Maggie Hess
  • 2017-09-15

Fans of Compassion - try Empathy and Compassion!

Would you listen to The Art of Empathy again? Why?

Yes. There is so much information in this book. Karla McLaren seems to be creating a whole department of learning, with all of these brand new terms, and it is totally okay, in fact it is brilliant. So read it again and take notes.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character is the young Karla. I imagine her whispering to dogs as she sits under the table free of stimulus, because dogs are without judgment and love you no matter what.

What did you learn from The Art of Empathy that you would use in your daily life?

I learned you can present as completely uninterested and actually be burnt out empathetically but highly empathetic.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-06-02

Wow, amazing!

Loved this book! Thank you Karla for your extensive research but mostly for sharing your findings and personal story. If you have read her other book Language of Emotions you might think some parts are repetitive but in my opinion these are required to put her point across. The last chapter where she talks about workplace empathy was very significant to me and it also summarized her work in a practical way.

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  • LB
  • 2016-04-23

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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  • Federico G.L.
  • 2015-01-14

Just woah!

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.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-01-18

Wonderful

Very well written, very well-read. Content was extremely enlightening. Loved it. Shared it. Read it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-01-03

dont waste your time. didnt learn empathy

dont waste your time. didnt learn much about empathy. she read the book like we were in a counselor's office. she had a tough life. went into about her. didnt really discuss the ART of anything. this book could have been called emotions people have. I'm sure her emotions book covers that.

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