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We're interested in information and research on Emotional Intelligence---how to assess it, why it is important, how to enhance it
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Controlling_Emotions_in_the_Workplace-1.pdf

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Excellent 17-page whitepaper on what the costs of ignoring the emotional climate could be in an organization.  "The emotional climate of a workplace either supports ordeterioratesperformance.Ignoring this layer of workforce reality is perilous because when emotional intelligenceis low, it can result in very negative consequences to theorganization’s bottom line."

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Don’t Eat Those Carrots! Emotional Intelligence and Ethics

Don’t Eat Those Carrots! Emotional Intelligence and Ethics | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
What are the ethics of using psychology, or even reverse psychology, "tricks” to win friends and influence people. Where is the line between using Emotional Intelligence techniques for mutual good and manipulating others for personal gain?
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As we seek to teach and help people improve their emotional intelligence skills, it may be a good idea to keep a few ethical principles in mind.

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I Don't Feel Your Pain: Overcoming Roadblocks to Empathy

I Don't Feel Your Pain: Overcoming Roadblocks to Empathy | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Why empathy is import at home and work and how to be better at it.

 

Neuroscientists have recently discovered that humans are wired to experience empathy through multiple systems of mirror neurons in our brains. These mirror neurons reflect back actions that we observe in others causing us to mimic that action in our own brains.  When we observe someone in pain or when we are with someone happy, we experience that to a certain extent. These mirror neurons are the primary physiological basis of empathy. They create a neural Wi-Fi that connects us to the feelings of people around us. 

 

Many people seem to be naturally empathetic. Others are not.  The good news is that research shows that empathy can be learned. There are however a few potential roadblocks to empathy that must be overcome.

 

by David F. Swink


Via Edwin Rutsch
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Did you know that the training for negotiating with hostage-takers includes "faking" empathy--and that those being trained actually come to feel some empathy for someone they despise?  Good article about how we can learn to develop our empathy for improved relationships.

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Barbara Kerr's curator insight, March 10, 2013 2:56 PM

Did you know that those who negotiate with hostage-takers are trained to "fake" empathy?  Read more to see what happens!

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Empathy is a key skill to dealing and interacting with people in a manner that produces positive outcome and builds healthy relationships.  The article does a good job explaining what emphathy is, as well as giving some tips to improve in this area.  It also includes facts to support the assertion that empathy matters at work, "Empathy is also important in the workplace. A study conducted by the Center for Creatively Leadership investigated 6,731 leaders from 38 countries. Their results reveal that empathy is positively related to job performance. The study concluded that managers who show more empathy toward direct reports are viewed as better performers in their job by their bosses."

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How to make stress work in your favor - The Boston Globe

How to make stress work in your favor - The Boston Globe | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
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Turns out we don't need to always be avoiding stress!  " . . . researchers are finding that one way to unleash this positive side of stress is simply to retrain ourselves to think of it differently." 

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Emotional intelligence can help you get the job | Get To Work | an SFGate.com blog

Emotional intelligence can help you get the job | Get To Work | an SFGate.com blog | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Emotional intelligence can help you get the job
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"It's never too late to develop your emotional intelligence."  We agree! 

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Keith Flanagan: A quick exercise to increase your Emotional Intelligence

Keith Flanagan: A quick exercise to increase your Emotional Intelligence | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
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Good quick exercise for understanding "emotional intelligence."

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Vatican Council Examines Problem of Low Emotional Intelligence ...

Vatican Council Examines Problem of Low Emotional Intelligence ... | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Moral theologian and cultural analyst Pia de Solenni, a Register contributor, discussed the issue…
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The Vatican has become interested in emotional intelligence for helping young people. 

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Wendy Tuohy: The growing problem for working mothers - Adelaide Now

Wendy Tuohy: The growing problem for working mothers - Adelaide Now | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Wendy Tuohy: The growing problem for working mothers
Adelaide Now
For others, including me, it's greater self-awareness, including awareness about your own work habits/attitude, etc.
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There may be an opportunitto for working mothers to gain greater self-awareness and confidence. See if you agree. 

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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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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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The Power of Positive Psychology | MindBodyHealth

The Power of Positive Psychology | MindBodyHealth | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
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These "PERMA" traits (Positive emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishments) can help build well-being.

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JUST HOW MUCH EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE MATTERS?

JUST HOW MUCH EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE MATTERS? | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
If you realize the importance of internal relationships, and you know how much our emotional intelligence can do to put people at ease, create trust and respect, help align people and further a can-do attitude, then I believe you will...
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The four basic aspects of this model of EI are sound, but I would add a component of Resilience--which includes the ability to bounce back, to take risks that are creative or innovative, to be realistically optimistic, and to be flexible and open to cope with inevitable changes in our lives.
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The Benefits of Optimism Are Real

The Benefits of Optimism Are Real | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Having a positive outlook is the most important predictor of resilience.
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Excellent article--uses two recent novels/movies (Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook) to make a point about the benefits of optimism--an aspect of emotional intelligence that can help build resilience.

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Hard Wired

On the evolution of Internet bullying, resilience of underdogs, and the promise of today’s teens.
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Dr. Laura Markham > Emotional Intelligence

Dr. Laura Markham > Emotional Intelligence | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
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Fourteen excellent tiips for raising emotionally intelligent children!

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Child development: The right kind of early praise predicts positive attitudes toward effort

Child development: The right kind of early praise predicts positive attitudes toward effort | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Toddlers whose parents praised their efforts more than they praised them as individuals had a more positive approach to challenges five years later.
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"Our results demonstrate that process praise--praise that emphasizes children's effort, actions, and strategies--predicts children's attitudes toward challenges and their beliefs about trait malleability five years later," Gunderson said.

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Can we manage our emotions?

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Learning to identify our emotions is the first step to managing them--in any situation.

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Accurately read faces...

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The Must-Have Leadership Skill

The Must-Have Leadership Skill | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
"We hired a new CEO, but had to let him go after just seven months," the chairman of an East Coast think tank complained to me recently. "His resume looked spectacular, he did splendidly in all the interviews.
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Emotional intelligence is crucial to leadership, Asa Goleman explains in this article. 

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The Social Brain

The Social Brain | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
We are constantly impacting the brain states in other people. In my EI model, “Managing Relationships” means, at this level, that we’re responsible for how we shape the feelings of
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Emotions are contagious--and leaders of any group have greater power to affect the group.  Goleman says:"In any human group, people pay most attention to – and put most importance on – what the most powerful person in that group says or does."

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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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