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What if there were a single skill that could directly and radically improve your relationships and your emotional life? Empathy, teaches Karla McLaren, is that skill. With The Art of Empathy, she teaches us how to perceive and feel the experiences of others with clarity and authenticity—to connect with them more deeply and effectively. Informed by current insights from neur What if there were a single skill that could directly and radically improve your relationships and your emotional life? Empathy, teaches Karla McLaren, is that skill. With The Art of Empathy, she teaches us how to perceive and feel the experiences of others with clarity and authenticity—to connect with them more deeply and effectively. Informed by current insights from neuroscience, social psychology, and healing traditions, this book explores: Why empathy is not a mystical phenomenon but a natural, innate ability that we can strengthen and develop • How to identify and regulate our emotions and boundaries • The process of shifting into the perspective of others • How to provide support in a sensitive and healthy way • Insights for navigating our hyper-connected social landscape • Targeted chapters for improving family, workplace, and intimate relationships • Ways to expand our empathy to our community, global levels of society, and the natural world Empathy, reflects Karla McLaren, is the skill that builds bridges— a skill that not only creates connection, but that helps us to be more effective in all areas of our lives.


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What if there were a single skill that could directly and radically improve your relationships and your emotional life? Empathy, teaches Karla McLaren, is that skill. With The Art of Empathy, she teaches us how to perceive and feel the experiences of others with clarity and authenticity—to connect with them more deeply and effectively. Informed by current insights from neur What if there were a single skill that could directly and radically improve your relationships and your emotional life? Empathy, teaches Karla McLaren, is that skill. With The Art of Empathy, she teaches us how to perceive and feel the experiences of others with clarity and authenticity—to connect with them more deeply and effectively. Informed by current insights from neuroscience, social psychology, and healing traditions, this book explores: Why empathy is not a mystical phenomenon but a natural, innate ability that we can strengthen and develop • How to identify and regulate our emotions and boundaries • The process of shifting into the perspective of others • How to provide support in a sensitive and healthy way • Insights for navigating our hyper-connected social landscape • Targeted chapters for improving family, workplace, and intimate relationships • Ways to expand our empathy to our community, global levels of society, and the natural world Empathy, reflects Karla McLaren, is the skill that builds bridges— a skill that not only creates connection, but that helps us to be more effective in all areas of our lives.

30 review for The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life's Most Essential Skill

  1. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    I have read all of Karla's books, but I was a bit disappointed with this one because I thought there was a lot of overlap with her book "The Language of Emotions" and not enough new information. The only new information I liked was resourcing. That alone was not worth the price of the book. My two favorite books of hers are "Emotional Geniu"s and "Rebuilding the Garden". If you want to have access to some of her wonderful processes to help you deal with difficult situations and understand your emo I have read all of Karla's books, but I was a bit disappointed with this one because I thought there was a lot of overlap with her book "The Language of Emotions" and not enough new information. The only new information I liked was resourcing. That alone was not worth the price of the book. My two favorite books of hers are "Emotional Geniu"s and "Rebuilding the Garden". If you want to have access to some of her wonderful processes to help you deal with difficult situations and understand your emotions, check out her webpage at www.karlamclaren.com There is some good stuff there that can help you transform your life.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andre

    Good: * It gets me thinking about empathy. Bad: * Long-winded. * Filled with author's personal experience and life story, which might be interesting if placed sparsely but there's just too much of them in this book. I actually had to check whether this book is an autobiography or not. * Many of the statements are mind numbingly obvious, e.g. if you are angry all the time it will be bad for you. * This might be my fault for hoping too much but I am expecting that the steps and statements presented in Good: * It gets me thinking about empathy. Bad: * Long-winded. * Filled with author's personal experience and life story, which might be interesting if placed sparsely but there's just too much of them in this book. I actually had to check whether this book is an autobiography or not. * Many of the statements are mind numbingly obvious, e.g. if you are angry all the time it will be bad for you. * This might be my fault for hoping too much but I am expecting that the steps and statements presented in this book are backed with studies. But many of them are pretty much just the author's own statements that are not supported by anything else.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cody Moore

    Parts of the book contain redundancy, but still is of value for anyone in highly relational jobs. Major tenants of the book include suspending judgement of emotions, recognizing that emotions contain inherent messages directed toward action, and setting healthy boundaries for yourself and others.

  4. 4 out of 5

    N. Gerard

    I was surprised how much this book opened my mind and heart to a different way of looking at myself and others. The title is too simple to describe the profound insights I found in its pages. It was the right message at the right time for me, when I was ready to hear it. Maybe this says more about what and how much I needed to learn, but I feel I could read it over again tomorrow and still gain just as much from it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    TOTALLY helpful, clearly presented, and correct. a serious help for those who are overwhelmed with the anxiety and the anger trolling the roads these days. a serious help for those who want to stay involved with others but who don't want to be either anxious or angry. try it. you WILL like it. second reading 3-4-5 august 2015 ... still a helpful book because each reading reminds me of things i've forgotten or prepares me for what i next need to understand about my emotions as i relate to others TOTALLY helpful, clearly presented, and correct. a serious help for those who are overwhelmed with the anxiety and the anger trolling the roads these days. a serious help for those who want to stay involved with others but who don't want to be either anxious or angry. try it. you WILL like it. second reading 3-4-5 august 2015 ... still a helpful book because each reading reminds me of things i've forgotten or prepares me for what i next need to understand about my emotions as i relate to others

  6. 5 out of 5

    Astrid

    There have been lots of times when I thought, "everyone should read this book!" but never more than I did with this one. It was mind-expanding and the stuff in there would be useful for any human being with emotions (so, every single one). I can't believe I'd never heard half the stuff she says in this book; the mysterious world of empathy and emotions makes so much more sense now that I've read it. There have been lots of times when I thought, "everyone should read this book!" but never more than I did with this one. It was mind-expanding and the stuff in there would be useful for any human being with emotions (so, every single one). I can't believe I'd never heard half the stuff she says in this book; the mysterious world of empathy and emotions makes so much more sense now that I've read it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gregg R.

    Life Changing! I read this after reading Language of Emotions and the two books go well together. I wouldn't necessarily say this meant to be a self-help book, yet it is the most helpful self-help book I've ever read. I understand my emotions like never before and am contemplating her concepts continually. Life Changing! I read this after reading Language of Emotions and the two books go well together. I wouldn't necessarily say this meant to be a self-help book, yet it is the most helpful self-help book I've ever read. I understand my emotions like never before and am contemplating her concepts continually.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ellen Bard

    I found this an interesting and unique perspective on emotions, with a number of useful and practical techniques to work through complex or difficult feels.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Luis Fernández

    It is OK but I couldn't get many practical ideas to improve my empathy It is OK but I couldn't get many practical ideas to improve my empathy

  10. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    Lost interest in this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Petr Meissner

    Emotions are action-requiring neurological programs that bring you specific gifts and skills to help you understand your world. This books helps to understand the reason and value of particular emotions to benefit from them consciously and let them work for you instead of control you. – Anger, Apathy & boredom, Guilt & shame, Hatred. – Fear, Worry & anxiety, Confusion, Jealousy, Envy, Panic & Terror – Sadness, Grief, Situational depression – Happiness, Contentment, Joy Channeling instead of just exp Emotions are action-requiring neurological programs that bring you specific gifts and skills to help you understand your world. This books helps to understand the reason and value of particular emotions to benefit from them consciously and let them work for you instead of control you. – Anger, Apathy & boredom, Guilt & shame, Hatred. – Fear, Worry & anxiety, Confusion, Jealousy, Envy, Panic & Terror – Sadness, Grief, Situational depression – Happiness, Contentment, Joy Channeling instead of just expressing or oppressing emotions to tell who I'm and let the feeling do it's work.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Erwin Rossen

    I read this book to learn more about empathy, but the hidden gem I found inside was not about empathy but about emotions in general. The book has six chapters, where chapter 1 is an introduction, chapters 2 and 3 are about emotions and chapters 4 through 6 tell about empathy. Chapters 2 and 3 are enough to make this entire book worthwhile! It was a real eye opener for me, and listened to them more than once to know what emotions are and what to do with them. The chapters about empathy are not ba I read this book to learn more about empathy, but the hidden gem I found inside was not about empathy but about emotions in general. The book has six chapters, where chapter 1 is an introduction, chapters 2 and 3 are about emotions and chapters 4 through 6 tell about empathy. Chapters 2 and 3 are enough to make this entire book worthwhile! It was a real eye opener for me, and listened to them more than once to know what emotions are and what to do with them. The chapters about empathy are not bad in itself, but stand out less compared to the opening, hence the four star rating.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Forbe O'Conner

    Chapters 3 & 4 about the usefulness of emotions, articulating "the questions" we might think of emotions asking seems very valuable. The for-us-empaths tone got to be a little hard to stomach during the last half of the book, for me. Chapters 3 & 4 about the usefulness of emotions, articulating "the questions" we might think of emotions asking seems very valuable. The for-us-empaths tone got to be a little hard to stomach during the last half of the book, for me.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Timothy

    Gave useful information about the different terms and strategies dealing with empathy. Cultivating your own empathy from this book may a bit challenging for some. Gave somewhat interesting and also dark examples of dealing with people's emotions. Overall an average read. Gave useful information about the different terms and strategies dealing with empathy. Cultivating your own empathy from this book may a bit challenging for some. Gave somewhat interesting and also dark examples of dealing with people's emotions. Overall an average read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Kuper

    2.5

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mike Hendrickson

    This was ok. I like situational awareness more than empathy, similar but personally more effective.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Frank Mcgeough

  18. 4 out of 5

    Beth Gregory

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  20. 4 out of 5

    Steven-Adam Agdeppa

  21. 4 out of 5

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  22. 5 out of 5

    Mr Roger Tovell

  23. 5 out of 5

    Herve Tunga

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elle Pea

  25. 4 out of 5

    Toni Rahman

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Hoover

  28. 4 out of 5

    Janelle

  29. 4 out of 5

    Arturo Herrero

  30. 5 out of 5

    Munki

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