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Provides Very Helpful Coping Mechanisms

  • Jun 9, 2010
The Language of Emotions
by Karla McLaren Published in Canada

Reviewed by : Dr. Joseph S. Maresca

Every so often, I come upon a rare book that enunciates
feelings and emotions succinctly and without a lot of
technical jargon. The Language of Emotions is such a book.
The author advises us to set strong boundaries,
read emotions and empathize with others.

Transforming emotions is one of the most difficult
tasks to accomplish. The book provides sets of simple
exercises to achieve the physical relief from great
tension occasioned by any of life's expected or unexpected
crises. For instance, one of the exercises advises us to
breath in , hold our breath and exhale while moving the
limbs in a free form. Specific examples are provided
for channeling emotions on the road by
translating great anger into the skillful avoidance
requisite to maneuvering out of difficult situations.

Some time is spent on interpreting the whole psyche by
letting the intellect guide us while achieving greater
emotional understanding. At times, the dilemma between
two logical choices can be elusive until we bring in
our emotions to derive a "gut feel"or intuition.

The author provides specific remedies to bring the whole
being or parts thereof into balance. Fuzzy logic can be
dealt with by studying or reading.
If there is overflow in the water element, the fix is to move
into expressive activities. Rage in the fire element can be
tempered by contemplation, dreaming or imagining.
We should be conscious of avoidance behaviors in order to
bring clarity to our being.

At times, we can reintegrate the village internal to our
being by overcoming traumas of every kind. Trauma is the
initiation into the deeper current(s) of life. Overcoming
trauma strengthens our coping mechanisms for future use.
Perhaps, there are no better examples of trauma than the
current Gulf Oil Spill, Katrina or the Haitian earthquake.
Coping strategies are needed now to deal with the wrath of
nature to facilitate communal survival .

A followup to this is to free yourself from unworkable
relationships. This act will preserve the energies
expended in avoidance strategies. A corallary is to channel
anger into the personal boundary instead of ignoring it or
trying to cope with an uncontrolled monstrosity.

Happiness and joy in life should be celebrated and interwoven
into our existence to further enhance emotional well being
and the ability to cope. Both of these emotions are
free-flowing states which should be encouraged. The author
provides a very detailed analysis of a whole host of
emotional states. i.e.

o apathy and boredom
o anger
o guilt, shame, hatred
o fear and confusion
o jealousy and envy
o sadness, grief and depression
o happiness, contentment , joy or triumph

Overall, the book would be an excellent acquisition for your
personal library of self-help books. The price is very reasonable
in comparison to the considerable value of the information

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Most of us relate to our emotions by either running from the difficult ones or clinging to the pleasant ones. Karla McLaren suggests a radical new perspective: that all of our emotions are equally important messengers, ready to assist us in acting with full awareness and integrity. With The Language of Emotions, this empathic counselor and researcher gives us a breakthrough guide toward a new and empowering relationship with our feeling states. As a practical lexicon for working with a full spectrum of emotions, The Language of Emotions explores:


  • The latest insights about emotion from psychology and neurology and how to apply them in real life
  • Discovering your "internal compass" to utilize your emotions responsibly--instead of over-reacting to or repressing them
  • Emotions as the gateway to personal healing and fulfillment

When we learn to speak their language, every emotion becomes a powerhouse of energy and information that reveals the perfect solution to the situation in which it arose. For anyone seeking a wiser approach to their emotions, here is a much needed resource for self-understanding and inner freedom. Revised and updated edition previously released as Emotional Genius: Discovering the Deepest Language of the Soul (LaughingTree, 2001).

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ISBN-10: 1591797691
ISBN-13: 978-1591797692
Author: Karla McLaren
Genre: Health, Mind & Body, Religion & Spirituality
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
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