Karla McLaren

Karla McLaren, MEd, is an American author, social science researcher, and empathy pioneer. Her lifelong work focuses on her theory of emotions, which revalues even the most “negative” emotions and opens new pathways into self-awareness, effective communication, and healthy empathy. She is the founding CEO of Emotion Dynamics LLC and the developer of the Empathy Academy online learning site.


Anger and Good Boundaries

Your healthy anger should arise when your sense of self and your idea of how things should be (your boundaries) are challenged or broken. What you do next, and how you re-set your boundaries, determines the outcome for you and for your relationships. Healthy anger can change your life!

Your Aura and Your Chakras: The Owner’s Manual

A clear and comprehensive text for the restoration and maintenance of your subtle energy system. McLaren, who has worked with survivors of abuse and trauma, shows how to clear the chakras of old hurts and to cleanse and strengthen the aura for protection against invasive energy.

Understand Your Emotions to Grow and Heal

In McLaren’s view, we typically perceive emotions as problems, which we then thoughtlessly express or repress. She advocates a more mindful approach, where we step back and see our emotions as sources of information.

We work with nutrition and exercise to increase our energy, but we ignore the richest source of energy we possess—our emotions.


Defining Your Boundaries

Setting effective boundaries starts with knowing who you are and how you feel. Luckily, your nervous system sets physical boundaries for you in every moment, and you can grab onto these pre-existing boundaries to help define yourself and tune into your own emotions and your own needs.

Embracing Anxiety: How to Access the Genius of This Vital Emotion

Are you struggling with anxiety? If so, you’ve probably tried the usual options—distraction, repression, medication, exercise, or just trying to ignore it. But anxiety evolved to help us.

Repressing or Expressing Emotions? There’s Another Choice!

I don’t know what happened to emotions in this society. They are the least understood, most maligned, and most ridiculously over-analyzed aspects of human life.


Sadness and Letting Go

Sadness is a wonderful emotion that helps you let go of things that aren't working anymore so that you can make room for things that DO work.

The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings Are Trying to Tell You

Emotions―especially the dark and dishonored ones―hold a tremendous amount of energy. We’ve all seen what happens when we repress or blindly express them.


Karla McLaren: Embracing Our Emotions