309. The Language of Emotions with Karla McLaren

Get ready to tap into the power of your emotions, because they hold invaluable wisdom! From guilt to panic and everything in between, each emotion we feel has a story to tell. And who better to guide us through this emotional journey than Karla McLaren, an emotion and empathy expert?

With more than a decade of research under her belt, Karla has mastered the intense power of language in identifying and regulating emotions. Described as an ‘emotional guidebook’ for navigating the highs and lows of your feelings while heightening your intuition, enhancing your relationships, and broadening your self-awareness, we’re here to dissect the latest edition of Karla’s book, The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings Are Trying to Tell You

As we break down anger, envy, forgiveness, anxiety, and even some lesser-known emotions that you might not even realize you’re feeling, you’ll discover how emotions can be instrumental in healing trauma and why having a negative approach to emotions can be problematic. If you’re looking to have your mind truly blown, join us as we explore the exhilarating world of emotions and learn how to decode them like a pro!

Listen and Learn: 

  • Between the first and latest editions of Karla’s book, The Language of Emotions, what has changed in the world of our understanding of emotions?
  • What’s the harm in viewing emotions as something that’s a problem?
  • Toxic positivity bias: what is it, and why is it especially problematic in the workplace?
  • How is Karla’s approach of using emotions to understand ourselves more intricately and channeling them effectively more beneficial?
  • Why having a valence to emotions can be problematic
  • How emotions can be useful in healing from trauma
  • The relationship between the process of forgiveness and anger
  • The function of shame and how it might actually be a helpful emotion to be aware of
  • Why does Karla refer to envy as our “interactional radar” and how apathy is a mask for anger?
  • The confusion between anxiety and panic


About Karla McLaren 

Karla McLaren, M.Ed. is an award-winning author, educator, workplace consultant, and social science researcher. Her work revalues even the most “negative” emotions and opens startling new pathways into self-awareness, effective communication, and healthy empathy. She is the founder and CEO of Emotion Dynamics Inc. She is also the author of many books, including The Language of Emotions, The Power of Emotions at Work, and Embracing Anxiety, and she is the developer of the online learning site She is online at

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Episode 309