What Is Emotional Intelligence?

Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others. It is generally said to include three skills:

1. Emotional awareness, including the ability to identify your own emotions and those of others;

2. The ability to harness emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problems solving;

3. The ability to manage emotions, including the ability to regulate your own emotions, and the ability to cheer up or calm down another person.

Recent posts on Emotional Intelligence

Dreading Something? Tylenol Might Dull the Pain

Dread has been declared the most difficult emotion to tolerate. And researchers have found acetaminophen could actually dull the emotional pain.

Learning to Manage Emotions Boosts Children's Well-being

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on February 22, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
Schools lay the groundwork for cognitive development, especially in academic areas. But what about emotional development?

The One Crucial Thing to Do When Your Partner Is Upset

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on February 22, 2017 in The Squeaky Wheel
How to stop an argument before it actually becomes one

4 Ways to Train Your Brain to Think Like a Champion

Your brain can be your best asset or your worst enemy. It's important to train it well.

Life Skills to Have Before Starting Kindergarten

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on February 21, 2017 in Once Upon a Child
Life skills are ways we learn, through experience and teaching, to manage our behavior in and outside of our families.

Living Through Highly Emotional Times

By Marcia Eckerd Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in People Skills
We're living in tumultuous times of emotional turmoil. It's possible to find an oasis of calm.

Knowing Oneself Is Easier Said Than Done

By Graham Collier on February 21, 2017 in The Consciousness Question
There is no guarantee you will ever completely know just who and why you are.

Find a Way

At 1:55 pm EDT on September 2, 2013, Diana Nyad, age 64, reached the shore of Key West Florida 53 hours after plunging into the Bay in Havana, Cuba
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Staying Centered and Calm in an Anxiety-Ridden World

Try these calming techniques to become more powerful when it seems that anxiety has you in its grip and you can’t release yourself.

Personality Traits, Emotional Intelligence and Collaboration

There is a strong connection between certain personality traits, emotional intelligence and collaborative potential.

Wake Up To the Joy of You: Talking to Agapi Stassinopoulos

By Mark Matousek on February 19, 2017 in Ethical Wisdom
Arianna Huffington's younger sister is a powerhouse of inspiration and creativity.
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To Judge or To Non-Judge

By Margaret Moore on February 19, 2017 in Life Changes
Appreciate the value of judgment and non-judgment, which are opposite states, and when to use non-judgment.
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When “I’m Sorry” Just Isn’t Enough

Since we are all (no exceptions) mistake-prone to varying degrees, it behooves us to become adept in the art of making effective repairs and corrections.

Rethinking Love

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on February 16, 2017 in Face It!
Is love an emotion?

Joseph LeDoux Reports: Emotions Are “Higher-Order States”

By Christopher Bergland on February 15, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Legendary neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux (who put the amygdala in the spotlight) has an exciting new hypothesis about how the brain processes emotions.
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The Pursuit of Happiness

The biggest challenge in relationships -- with ourselves and others

Recommitment Vows and Honeymoons Part 3

I know a creative, dynamic man named Ken. When he got married, he enjoyed his wedding day so much that he said to his wife, “We should do this every year!” And they have...

Are You Always Busier Than Everyone Else? Do You Want to Be?

Instead of enjoying our time, we learned to manage it. We pass the day checking off tasks from lists as is if having to prove to Life's Parking Attendant we were here legally.

Judges Should Strive to Provide Equal Justice Under Law

Since judicial bias significantly interferes with judges' abilities to perform the duties expected of them, they should do anything and everything possible to reduce their biases.

Does She Want Emotional Connection Before She Wants Sex?

A man complained that his wife didn’t want to have sex unless she felt emotionally connected to him. He had no idea what she was talking about.

How to Discern Fake News from Real News

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on February 11, 2017 in Wander Woman
How to weigh your internal assumptions with external "facts" to determine what news you should believe.

Decision Making 101

By Atalanta Beaumont on February 10, 2017 in Handy Hints for Humans
Learning how to decide what's good for you.

Recommitment Vows and Honeymoons Part 2

More and more couples are writing their own vows rather than just repeating what the minister has them say. I believe this is an important trend.

10 Ways to Love the One You're With

The hard work for us as parents is accepting who our child is, including the things we wish we could change and cherishing him or her for being that person.

Small World, Isn’t It?

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on February 08, 2017 in Jacob's Staff
Do you believe that innovative design principles can affect behavior?

Is Someone Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Goals?

By Meg Selig on February 07, 2017 in Changepower
Could friends, family, or colleagues try to sabotage your weight loss success? A recent small study shows that "lean stigma" does exist and what you can do about it.

Why You Need to Fire Your Inner Monday Morning Quarterback

By Kristen Lee Ed.D., LICSW on February 06, 2017 in Reset 24/7
Does your inner critic get the best of you? Your best move might be to fire your obnoxious voice of unreason, and rehire a more rational, compassionate guide.

Compassion for Trump?

Many of us are in the grips of difficult emotions triggered by the presidency of Donald Trump. But can we have compassion for him? And can this be transformative?
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Why Soft Skills Mean Hard Results in Business

Have you ever learned how to roll with the punches or get along with others? It’s never too late to learn new tricks. Here are 5 steps you can take to sharpen your soft skills.
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6 Ways to Nurture Empathy in Intimate Relationships

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on February 06, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Empathy, which is a cousin of compassions is essential for successful relationships. Sometimes we need reminders on maintaining empathy. This article shares how to do this.