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simply b understanding and embrac- ing our emotions? According to Dr. udith Orloff, psychiatrist and author of the new Emotional F eedom: Liberate Yourself from Neg iv


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“Emotional freedom is being able to increase your ability to love, bthboth ourself and others, b


to increase your ability to lo e, both yourself and others, by cultivating posi- tive emotions and by compassionately witnessing and transforming negati ones,” says Orloff.


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emotions and b compassionately witnessing and transforming negative ones,” says Orlofff.


I It’s about learning how to approach l life from a heart-centered place, insteadife from a heart-centered place, instead of simply react of simply reacting wing when our buttons are pushed. This loving disposition includes


t’s about learning how to approac hen our buttons are


pushed. his loving disposition includes all situations in life, all situations in life, the cthe chalhallenging oneslenging ones as well as the good ones. as well as the good ones.


“I bel “I believieve that the point of being al aliive is to develop our souls,” Orloffff says. “I want to blend all aspects—t


is to develop our souls,” Orloff


says. “I want to blend all aspects—the spiritual spiritual, psyc, psychological and biologicalhological and biological..”


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Her holistic approach helps us to use everything that happens to us as mate-everything that happens to us asmate- rial for personal growth. It helps us learn how to w rk with what she terms, “the energies of emotions”—t


how to work with what she terms, “the energies of emotions”—to master them, instead of allowing them to master us. he first step to ard achie ving


instead of allowing themtomaster us. The first step toward achieving


Orloff’s vision of individual emotional freedom is understanding that each erson has a natural emotional type to whicht teat und


rloff’s vision of individual emotional freedom is understanding that eac person has a natural emotional type tot whi h we retr


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h we retreat under duress. In der d weaknesses: dure ess. In


her book, she counts four basic types, ea


The Intellectual, who can think he Intellectual, who can think


his or her way through life, but would benefit from feeling and playing more.


his or her w y through life, but would benefit from feeling and playing more. The Empath, whe Empath, who is sensiho is sensititive and compassionate, but can be o h


The Gus wher he Gusher,, whose emotions are hose emotions are


“out there,” and tends to share every- thing, but must learn restraint to keep from exhausting others.


“out there,” and tends to share every- thing, but must learn restraint to keep from exhausting others.


and compassionate, but can be over- whelmed by others and must set protec- boundaries.


helmed b others and must set protec- tive boundaries


each with its own specific strengths and weaknesses:


her book, she counts four basic types, ach with its own specific stren e


ngths and


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The Rock, who is alw ys there for others, but may appear detached, due to disconnection from his or her own inner feelings.


he Roc , who is always there for


others, but may appear detac to disconnection inner feelings.


has created an epidemic of what she calls, “emotional v


calls, “emotional vampires,” consumed with their own p


Orloff observes that modern liferves that modern life has created an epidemic of what she ires,


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with their own psychological needs; it’s essential to be ab


sychological needs; it’ amp ” consumed


essential to be able to identify them and respond in healthy wa ys. She explains hen we’re with someone and our


respond in healthy w ys. She explains that wthat when we’re with someone and our energy level plummets or we feel put down or even ill, these are strong clues that we’re in the presence of an emo- tional vampire. Here are six main types she discusses in E


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he Victim has a “poor me” attitude and thinks solutions don’


 The Criticizer puts others down with cutting comments.


and thinks solutions don’t exist. cutting comments.


but has no empathy for others..  The Drama Qu create big scenes.


create big scenes. what to do.


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energy level plummets or we feel put down or even ill,, these are strong clues that we’re in the presence of an emo- tional vampire. Here are six main types she discusses in Emotional Freedom


ictim has a “poor me” attitude he Criticizer puts others down with  The Narcissist needs lots of attention, he Drama Queen or King lo es to  The Controller alw ys tells others  The Splitter sees ev


he Narcissist needs lots of attention, but has no empathy for others


or devils, and destroys relationships b turning people against each other


he Controller always tells others he Splitter sees everyone as angels turning people against each other.


one as angels estroys relationships by Her advice? “Emotiona ampires Her advice? “Emotional vl vampires


get their energy from upsetting you. So, ou’’re calm and nonreactive, they’re not going to be interested in you.” Orloff firmly believes that inner peace is the foundation of emotional


get their energy from upsetting you. So, if yif you re calm and nonreacti e, they’ not going to be interested in y


Orloff firmly believes that inner peace is the foundation of emotional freedom, and comes from connectingfreedom, and comes from connecting with the spiritual. Once established, an awareness of our innate worth,orth, our own diivinity, becomes a lifelong source of refuge and regeneration. connection constantly reminds us that we are lo ed.


with the spiritual. Once established, an a areness of our innate w our own d vinity,


y, becomes a lifelong


source of refuge and regeneration. Tha connection constantly reminds us that we are loved.


Wherever we are in our journey to emotional freedom, Orloff con-to emotional freedom, Orloff con- cludes, one lesson is essential: “Trust that emotions are teacthat emotions are teachers for your own awakening.”


Wherever we are in our journey cludes, one lesson is essential: “Trust wn a


hers for your akening.


Judith Orlofff,, M.D is the author of Emotional Freedom and an assistant clinical professor of ps chiatry at the U sity of California, Fo


M.D., is the author of


Emotional Freedomo and an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles. For details on her national book tour,r, visit DrJudithOrlo .offf.com.


niver Ka aren Angeles.


or details on her national book tour visit DrJudithOrloff.com.


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editor and fr eelan February 2011


Karen Adams is a Natural A akenings editor and freelance writer.r.


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