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Mindfulness: The Art of Cultivating Resilience | This Emotional Life

Mindfulness: The Art of Cultivating Resilience | This Emotional Life | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Lynda Klau, Ph.D. 0Undeniably, sooner or later, we all have to deal with life’s realities—those hard surprises and “unknowns” that can liter...
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Dr. Klau connects mindfulness and resilience in a thought ful and inspiring article.  She says: "Living resiliently represents a whole new way of being and doing. In this way, resilience isn't just for the hard times...it's for all times. Empowering us to live, love, and work adventurously in the face of change, it builds a well from which we can draw for the rest of our lives."

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The Most Dangerous Leadership Weakness

The Most Dangerous Leadership Weakness | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Dangerous leadership weaknesses include: Lack of self-awareness. Listening to brown nosers. Pointing out problems without celebrating progress. Closed ears and opened mouths. People pleasing. More ...
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Some (good) blunt tips on self-awareness, the foundational building block of Emotional Intelligence.

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BRAIN Initiative Challenges Researchers to Unlock Mysteries of Human Mind | The White House

BRAIN Initiative Challenges Researchers to Unlock Mysteries of Human Mind | The White House | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
President Obama unveils the “BRAIN” Initiative—a bold new research effort to revolutionize our understanding of the human mind and uncover new ways to treat, prevent, and cure brain disorders like Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and...
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What great news!

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How to Create a Culture of Organizational Wellbeing

How to Create a Culture of Organizational Wellbeing | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
The best plans to boost employee engagement don't always translate into efforts that last. These three strategies will help integrate engagement into your company's culture in a sustainable way.
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"This research revealed the universal elements of wellbeing that differentiate a thriving life from one spent suffering. They represent five broad categories that are essential to most people:

Career Wellbeing: how you occupy your time -- or simply liking what you do every daySocial Wellbeing: having strong relationships and love in your lifeFinancial Wellbeing: effectively managing your economic lifePhysical Wellbeing: having good health and enough energy to get things done on a daily basisCommunity Wellbeing: the sense of engagement you have with the area where you live"
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Emotional intelligence peaks as we enter our 60s, research suggests

Emotional intelligence peaks as we enter our 60s, research suggests | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Older people have a hard time keeping a lid on their feelings, especially when viewing heartbreaking or disgusting scenes in movies and reality shows, psychologists have found.
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"The study concludes that, “older adults may be better served by staying socially engaged and using positive reappraisal to deal with stressful challenging situations rather than disconnecting from situations that offer opportunities to enhance quality of life.”

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God Is.'s comment, March 29, 2013 10:53 AM
Does humanity really have to wait that long? or can we learn at an earlier age?
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4 Practical Ways to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence | Purpose Fairy

4 Practical Ways to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence | Purpose Fairy | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
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A few good suggestions for building Emotional Intelligence skills--journaling, meditation, avoiding emotional hijacks, and using "present" language.

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An Introduction to Social and Emotional Learning

An Introduction to Social and Emotional Learning | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
An Introduction to Social and Emotional Learning
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Compelling short video on introducing social and emotional learning in schools.

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Cynthia Kivland's curator insight, March 26, 2013 2:35 PM

Good video on social emotional intelligence as a key educational skill.

Yenoch Ng's curator insight, March 13, 2014 2:02 PM

This video informs educators about how social and emotional learning is the basis for improving students' academic performances. As a future educator, I hope to remember to focus on my students' social and emotional needs, and help them appropriately cope with their emotions and difficult social interactions. This will not only provide a safe and comfortable learning environment, but it will help students have a more positive attitude toward school.

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How to: be the best boss

How to: be the best boss | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
In the first of our 'how to' series: tips on how to excel at leadership.
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“Emotional intelligence is the biggest thing a boss should be working on to motivate people," says James Adonis, a specialist leadership consultant. “Build relationships. Your words and actions influence other people.


Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/executive-style/strive/how-to-be-the-best-boss-20130306-2fkym.html#ixzz2NvLeE1GM

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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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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, August 1, 2013 9:57 PM

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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Law Student Emotional Intelligence, Personality, and Psychological Health: An Initial Understanding of Well-Being Indicators and Challenge to Educators - Psycholawlogy

Law Student Emotional Intelligence, Personality, and Psychological Health: An Initial Understanding of Well-Being Indicators and Challenge to Educators - Psycholawlogy | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Knowing more about the emotional intelligence of law students may help us to understand their apparent high incidence of depression, which has been reported extensively in the United States and more recently in Australia.
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Interesting study of law students, Emotional Intelligence, and big five personality domains based on this idea: ”Knowing more about the EI of law students may help us to understand their apparent high incidence of depression, which has been reported extensively in the United States and more recently in Australia."

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On Resilience: What 12 Months Of Rejection Taught Me | Nikita T. Mitchell

On Resilience: What 12 Months Of Rejection Taught Me | Nikita T. Mitchell | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
On Resilience: What 12 Months Of Rejection Taught Me | Nikita T. Mitchell http://t.co/sHoc4pNnU3
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The writer reminds us that "there is no shame in rejection"--and it may help you build resilience. 

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Emotional intelligence is a workplace concept that should be taken seriously

Emotional intelligence is a workplace concept that should be taken seriously | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
If everyone was just like me, the entire office would be made of Belgian chocolate and we'd watch movies all day, stopping only occasionally to nibble on the walls. Unfortunately, my workplace is...
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"For too long, emotions have been unwelcome at work. We had a job to do, darn it, and we weren't going to let silly things like feelings get in the way. So we stifled tears, anger (sometimes) and even passion, lest we risk seeming unhinged."

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donhornsby's curator insight, March 28, 2013 8:50 AM

(From the article): Somewhere along the line we decided the way we interact in a work environment should be quite different than the way we interact with friends and family. That's as it should be, up to a point. But it overlooks the fact that we don't become robots when we walk through the office door.

We remain human beings throughout the day. Fleshy, warm-blooded, emotional.

 

Appreciate that. And hope that someday we can all work in office buildings made of rich Belgian chocolate — which would help smooth out everyone's emotions.

Patricia Clason's curator insight, March 28, 2013 9:21 AM

Handling emotions in a healthy way in the workplace creates more engaged employees, more satisfied and healthier employees. It's a win for everyone and an idea whose time has come. The way our work world has shifted now means many people spend more time in a week with their fellow workers than their family members. 

 

Consider the emotional culture of your organization. What needs to change for it to be healthier? more emotionally intelligent?

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Emotional Intelligence Is the Missing Piece

Emotional Intelligence Is the Missing Piece | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Emotional Intelligence: An Overview
Credit: Edutopia


Whether it's in the boardroom or the classroom, individuals need the skills to communicate, work in teams, and let go of the persona
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"We're talking about a whole new vision of education that says that educating the heart is as important as educating the mind," says Lantieri. Rutgers' Elias puts it another way. He says that parents don't just want SAT-smart kids. They want kids who are also responsible, non-violent, and caring: "We want the whole package."

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Empathy: The Human Connection to Patient Care

Patient care is more than just healing -- it's building a connection that encompasses mind, body and soul. If you could stand in someone else's shoes . . . h...
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Absolutely wonderful video that can help you understand what it is like to "walk in another's shoes" . . .

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Eugene Fernandez's comment, April 11, 2013 5:55 PM
Great video, needs to be watched by everyone.
Eugene Fernandez's curator insight, April 11, 2013 6:01 PM

A great video- Short vignettes that help us connect at a deeper level.

Deborah Lange's comment, April 12, 2013 4:11 AM
yes, I agree Eugene Fernandez, it would make a difference to us all if everyone could learn the skills of standing in someone else's shoes!
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How Resilience Works - Harvard Business Review

How Resilience Works - Harvard Business Review | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Business management magazine, blogs, case studies, articles, books, and webinars from Harvard Business Review, addressing today's topics and challenges in business management.
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Resilience may be the most important aspect of emotional intelligence.  In this article, Diane Coutu says, "“More than education, more than experience, more than training, a person’s level of resilience will determine who succeeds and who fails. That’s true in the cancer ward, it’s true in the Olympics, and it’s true in the boardroom.”

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Cynthia Kivland's comment, March 26, 2013 2:24 PM
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5 Things You Might Not Know About Positive Psychology | What is psychology?

5 Things You Might Not Know About Positive Psychology | What is psychology? | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Dr. Martin Seligman discusses five interesting but little known facts that positive psychology has taught us.
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Read about the connection between smiling and living longer!
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The Family Stories That Bind Us — This Life

The Family Stories That Bind Us — This Life | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Studies indicate that children learn resilience when they hear what their relatives before them have faced.
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Build resilience by providing a family narrative--stories of the ups and downs.

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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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