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21 Awesome Storytelling Techniques

21 Awesome Storytelling Techniques | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
The tools of social networking: These are the digital campfires around which the audience gathers to hear our story.— Marco Tempest “As long as we are engaged in storytelling that moves the c...
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Telling our stories--a wonderful way to connect with other individuals or even large groups of people.

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Will YOUR Emotional Intelligence land you a Dream Job ?

Will YOUR Emotional Intelligence land you a Dream Job ? http://t.co/w2r1odVV
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Another endorsement of the importance of emotional intelligence in the workplace!

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The Power of Concentration

The Power of Concentration | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
We can learn a lot from the way Sherlock Holmes trains his mind.
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"Until recently, our 20s were considered the point when our brain’s wiring was basically complete. But new evidence suggests that not only can we learn into old age, but the structure of our brains can continue to change and develop."  Good article on why we would want to develop mindfulness.

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Douglas Eby's curator insight, January 28, 2013 4:04 PM

Maria Konnikova is the author of “Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes" http://vsb.li/gobxKL

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The rise of the snow day - how can society become resilient?

The rise of the snow day - how can society become resilient? | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
So it seems that our dose of ‘real’ winter might be over for another year. Reflecting on our reactions to the snow over the past week, it seems to me that the nation has exhibited something of a split personality.
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The author says: "Making our society resilient in all weathers isn’t about sending  people on training courses to learn skills that help us to cope better. It’s about developing a mindset and connecting that with the more systemic development of resilience – building it into the way we live our lives."  The good news is that we can develop greater resilience.

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Researchers Map Emotional Intelligence in the Brain

Researchers Map Emotional Intelligence in the Brain | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it

After mapping the neural basis of general intelligence in a previous study, University of Illinois neuroscience professor Aron Barbey led a study to map the brain regions associated with emotional intelligence. 

 

The researchers found significant overlap between general intelligence and emotional intelligence, both in terms of behavior and in the brain. Higher scores on general intelligence tests corresponded significantly with higher performance on measures of emotional intelligence, and many of the same brain regions were found to be important to both. 


Via Gina Stepp
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Brain mapping for emotional intelligence shows overlap with general intelligence. Does anyone find that surprising?

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Gina Stepp's curator insight, January 23, 2013 10:45 AM

(Our thanks to the news bureau of the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign for press materials, including the accompanying video.)

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Joy to the World – Empathy and Positive Emotions | Brain Blogger

Joy to the World – Empathy and Positive Emotions | Brain Blogger | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
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"Evolution may dictate that negative emotions have more to do with self-preservation and perpetuating the life span of a species than positive ones, but, socially, mentally, and physically, positive emotions are the ones that make life worth living."

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Why Meditation Is Good For Emotional Health

Why Meditation Is Good For Emotional Health | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Meditation may influence the way the brain processes emotions -- even when you're not actually practicing it, a new study in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience suggests.
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Can meditation work for you?

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Cell Phone May Hurt Your Interpersonal Relationships | No Artificial

Cell Phone May Hurt Your Interpersonal Relationships | No Artificial | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
How the presence of mobile phone influences face-to-face conversation quality.
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Could our cell phones be hurting our relationships?  Author says: While cell phones can help people to stay in touch, the research suggests they can in fact interfere with human relationships, potentially generating emotional rifts among people who regularly spend time together."

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Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
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Need some inspiration and examples for random acts of kindness?  The author of this article says:  "Deliberate kindness seems to be an idea whose time has arrived, with many individuals, families, groups and communities around the world actively trying to be kinder in their everyday lives."

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Health Benefit of Bonding - Positive Psychology - Barbara Fredrickson - Oprah.com

Health Benefit of Bonding - Positive Psychology - Barbara Fredrickson - Oprah.com | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
An expert in the field of positive psychology explores the perks of bonding—with everyone around you.
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Some interesting advice that may be worth a try: "Getting the benefits of love doesn't require being in a romantic relationship or living near family and friends. Just make sure you're connecting with others, whether it's through conversation or eye contact. We tend to trivialize these interactions, but they're just as important to your health as eating well or going for a run".


Read more: http://www.oprah.com/health/Health-Benefit-of-Bonding-Positive-Psychology-Barbara-Fredrickson#ixzz2Ia91fsMS
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Avoiding Eye Contact - 10 Worst Body Language Mistakes - Forbes

Avoiding Eye Contact - 10 Worst Body Language Mistakes - Forbes | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
When you don't look someone in the eyes, it can signal deception or a lack of respect.
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Non-verbal language is a form of communication too.

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6 Tips for Handling Criticism

6 Tips for Handling Criticism | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
As an Upholder, I have a tough time being criticized, corrected, or accused – of even the smallest mistakes – and I react very angrily.Yikes, how I struggle to keep my sense of humor and
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This helped me think about how I react to criticism.  Author of The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin provides some good insights.

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Flourishing Across Europe: Application of a New Conceptual Framework for Defining Well-Being

Flourishing Across Europe: Application of a New Conceptual Framework for Defining Well-Being | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
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This is a scholarly article that considers the meaning of "well-being" as something we might measure in our societies. The author says: "Governments around the world are taking a keen interest in the measurement of subjective well-being, with a view to measuring progress more effectively, improving their policy decisions, and increasing the well-being of citizens." 

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| How to Get Well Faster

Self-affirmation—thinking positively about oneself has been long believed to be beneficial.  I know I feel better when I focus on anything
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What story do you tell yourself?  "The findings [of this study published in Healthy Psychology journal] suggest the sympathetic nervous system responses stress can be significantly reduced by self-affirmation.  It confirms there are psychological pathways by which self-affirmation can reduce stress and potentially impact the state of health among people with chronic stress."

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Don't Be So Sure | Mindful

Don't Be So Sure | Mindful | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Margaret Wheatley explains why now, more than ever, we need a curiosity and a willingness to sit in uncertainty.
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Author Margaret Wheatley suggests that we need more curiosity and uncertainty to understand the complexity of our world. "I believe this changing world requires less certainty and far more curiosity. I’m not suggesting we let go of our beliefs altogether, only that we become curious about what someone else believes."

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The Importance of Building Emotional Intelligence in Children

The Importance of Building Emotional Intelligence in Children | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
It is a dream of most parents that their children grow up to be happy and successful. Due to the prevalence of violence, bullying, depression and anxiety in ch
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On Traveling: With Resilience - Wanderlust and Lipstick

On Traveling: With Resilience - Wanderlust and Lipstick | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
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This gem of an article is about resilience in traveling--but it could serve as a metaphor for developing resilience in facing the inevitable changes in everyday life.

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Q&A: Empathy fatigue - Counseling Today

Q&A: Empathy fatigue - Counseling Today | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
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What if our empathy gets worn out?  "Empathy fatigue results from a state of psychological, emotional, mental, physical, spiritual and occupational exhaustion that occurs as the counselors’ own wounds are continually revisited by their clients’ life stories of chronic illness, disability, trauma, grief and loss."

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HOW NOT TO BE A VICTIM OF YOUR EMOTIONS

HOW NOT TO BE A VICTIM OF YOUR EMOTIONS | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Mindfulness can stop you being a victim of your emotions
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Teaching Children Empathy In School

January 25, 2013 KING 5 News http://MOXNews.com
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Watch this wonderful short video about introducing 7-month old Sam to a class of four-year olds to help them learn empathy!

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‘Rachel’s Challenge’ Builds Kindness, Compassion at Hopkins Jr. Highs

‘Rachel’s Challenge’ Builds Kindness, Compassion at Hopkins Jr. Highs | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
The national program is based on the writings and life of 17 year-old Rachel Scott, who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999.
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Rachel Scott was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999.  "Rachel's Challenge" is a national program that exists to equip and inspire individuals to replace acts of violence, bullying, and negativity with acts of respect, kindness and compassion.

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The Neuroscience of Regret

The Neuroscience of Regret | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
How our brains learn to let go of regret as we age — and why some people don't By Melanie A. Greenberg, Ph.D....
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Dr. Melanie Greenberg says:  "An exciting implication of this study is that brain functioning does not merely deteriorate in old age, but that aging can result in better emotion-regulation and stress management. "

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28 Top Executives Share What They Look For In Hires

28 Top Executives Share What They Look For In Hires | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Sheryl Sandberg, Mickey Drexler, Lloyd Blankfein and more.
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Not all of this is directly related to emotional intelligence--but much of it is and is worth reading if you are interested in emotional intelligence in the workplace.

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Teaching Social and Emotional Learning | KQED

Teaching Social and Emotional Learning | KQED | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Oakland schools have launched programs to help students manage their emotions, establish positive relationships and resolve conflicts.
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In this program, mothers and infants are brought into the schools to teach empathy.  Brilliant!

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Think For Yourself--Best Leadership Tip Ever

Think For Yourself--Best Leadership Tip Ever | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Here's how one famous consultant changed the face of leadership and what you can learn from him.
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"People always ask me why I'm so critical of leadership concepts like emotional intelligence and employee engagement. I'm really not. What I object to is plastering sound-bite labels on otherwise good ideas and marketing them more or less like miracle cures and diet pills."  We agree!

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