After spending a year as a Bartley fellow at the Wall Street Journal, Chloé Valdary developed The Theory of Enchantment, an innovative framework for social emotional learning (SEL), character development, and interpersonal growth that uses pop culture as an educational tool in the classroom and beyond.
Chloé has trained around the world, including in South Africa, The Netherlands, Germany, and Israel. Her clients have included high school and college students, government agencies, business teams, + many more.
She has also lectured in universities across America, including Harvard and Georgetown. Her work has been covered in Psychology Today Magazine and her writings have appeared in the New York Times and the Wall St Journal.
"The most we can do is try to shed light onto our suffering, so that others may begin to see their own suffering, so they can change it for themselves. A great Baldwin message that is evoked in this lesson. So important to view each other with compassion and humanity, starting with the self."
"The crux of James Baldwin's argument... Does this revelation resonate with you?" I'm almost in shock how much of a revelation I am experiencing. I can't write about this in detail because this led to a pretty deep and personal journaling session for me, but I am seeing how some long-held resentments and pain could be related to my capacity to caricature another being. When I signed up for this course i expected to learn stuff but I did not expect such an insight this early on."
"Healing and letting go of all the assumptions and baggage, the perceptions and misunderstandings... to answer your question it makes me consider every. single. stranger. with much more compassion. And then also and definitely myself. Also there is now more choice when it comes to what I amplify of my mother, my father, my surroundings, my memories, my thinking. Mission in process of being accomplished, again and again."
"We demonize and thus create an enemy when we miss ourselves in the other. Expecting them to be as or better than they are, detailing demands before even attempting to communicate– when we vehemently react without any compassionate benefit of the doubt. To fail to recognize the other’s life has provided them perspectives that on the surface clash with our own, is when we construct an 'other' unworthy of forgiveness. But when we recognize a person is inherently imperfect, but not beyond reproach, we learn to fortify more wholesome connections. When we can imagine scenarios where we behaved or thought similarly, we begin to see aspects of ourselves in all types of humans."
"I'm 61 and hearing these songs for the first time. I'm moved and inspired by their depth of awareness and sensitivity. I love how you use them to demonstrate the complexity of every human being. Thank you."
"This teaches me to celebrate, on an even deeper level, dissent in the name of love and morality because it's more difficult than most of us can even imagine."
"Even if our anger is righteous can we be big enough to leave space for redemption so the world may become a better place?"
"My son is 13 and has developmental disabilities & autism and I have been looking at your course and wondering if it would be good for me to take it and share with him. The reader provided him a chance to learn about having empathy for others. He immediately connected with the Hunchback of Notre Dame and said it reminded him in some ways of the movie Wonder. Further in our conversation with the questions, he began to connect the message of what people look like on the outside to how people treat his brother (my oldest son) who has a physical disability. We had a great conversation about loving others with lots of flexible thinking, which is often a challenge for him.
I am taking the course and I am working on some of the coursework with my son. I have loved watching him take notes and ask questions. We are excited to keep learning.
Thank you again for your wonderful resource and for sharing the Theory of Enchantment with us!"
"I don't know if I have ever resonated with an SEL program more personally. Theory of Enchantment looks like a dream come true."
"I am a former police officer (current federal agent) and I can only wish I knew your Theory of Enchantment when I worked as a patrol officer. I never abused anyone, but I could have certainly used a lot more empathy in my interactions. I intend to fully incorporate the principles embodied in the Theory into my own personal and professional life, and would like to spread your message of love."