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

5 Science-Based Ways to Break the Cycle of Rage Attacks

By Christopher Bergland on December 02, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Rage is contagious. If you, or someone you know, is a "rageaholic" this blog post offers five science-based ways to break the vicious cycle of Intermittent Explosive Disorder.

Beware of Criticizing Concepts You Don't Fully Understand

It's extremely harmful when respected news sources convey false and misleading information to the public.

Where Does Happiness Come from, Mommy?

Here are 7 ideas for helping your child find more smiles and laughter in their life, and experience year-round the happiness, wonder, and magic we associate with this time of year.

Hire Emotionally Intelligent People

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in A Sideways View
It is not difficult to spot those who are, or are not, emotionally intelligent. Certainly emotional intelligence is a high benefit in the work place for all concerned

Emotional Intelligence Doesn't Translate Across Cultures

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in Adaptation
Emotions are tricky business when crossing cultures. Here's your cheat sheet for success.

The Dangerous “Reveries” of HBO's Westworld Series

By Amy Fries on November 28, 2016 in The Power of Daydreaming
What do Stephen Hawking and HBO's new series Westworld have in common? Dire warnings of ways in which artificial intelligence can learn to out-maneuver us.

Nonverbal Communication and Strategic Flexibility

By Audrey Nelson Ph.D. on November 27, 2016 in He Speaks, She Speaks
Strategic flexibility means expanding your nonverbal communication repertoire to use the best skill available for a particular situation.

3 Reasons to Let Yourself Feel Your Emotions

By Jennifer Rollin MSW, LGSW on November 25, 2016 in Mindful Musings
Struggling with your feelings often leads to more suffering.

Thanks for The Small Stuff: It Makes a Big Difference

Eye-contact and a smile. That's human contact at its most basic—something for which we should all be grateful.

Talking Politics at the Thanksgiving Table

How can we heal the divides in our country -- and our family? A few simple tools can go a long way.

How to Bring People Together When Events Push Them Apart

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on November 22, 2016 in Wander Woman
Steps for bringing people together at work or at home when emotions are strong and divisive.

The Worst Problem in American Politics?

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on November 19, 2016 in Intentional Insights
How do we deal with the worst problem in US politics? This post has a few research-based suggestions!
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Why We All Just Need a Little Attention

Attention is an essential component for our physical health, and it is crucial to all of our closest relationships.


By Graham Collier on November 18, 2016 in The Consciousness Question
Has the vast range of information available these days intensified a general level of curiosity or not?

Why Are We So Divided?

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on November 18, 2016 in Trust
Sometimes we prefer not to know about the problems faced by other people.

25 Fun and Helpful Quotations About the Human Mind

By Meg Selig on November 17, 2016 in Changepower
These quotations about the mind are witty, wise, and science-based. Memorize one or two, and use them when you need comfort, motivation, entertainment, or enlightenment.

What Makes People Easy or Hard to Get Along With?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on November 15, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
A brand new meta-analysis brings together two lines of research about human traits: personality and emotional intelligence. Are these labels just two names for the same thing?

5 Signs That You're Giving Negative People Too Much Power

When you're not careful, negative people can take a serious toll on your well-being.
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Why Trump Is Good for Academia

By Liz Swan Ph.D. on November 15, 2016 in College Confidential
Were there "safe spaces" at Trump University? Probably not.
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A Piagetian Perspective on Hillary's Loss

By Stephen Greenspan Ph.D. on November 14, 2016 in Incompetence
The 2016 election can be thought of as a Piagetian conservation experiment, in which a voter's task was to judge Hillary's character in the face of damaging e-mail charges
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Happiness as an Activity of Daily Living

Happiness is a human right—to live decently, have the freedoms and opportunities to work toward self-development, and feel, if not actually become, prosperous.

Crossover Fiction Gets Parents & Teens Talking

Using a conversation-based approach to discussing fiction, teens are afforded a safe space to learn about preventive mental health.

Can a TV Series Teach Us to Love Androids?

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on November 13, 2016 in The Fallible Mind
Our response to humanoid robots says more about us than them. Emotional reading comes from within, leading us to project our own feelings onto others, both living and inanimate.

Healing a Nation

By John Sean Doyle on November 12, 2016 in Luminous Things
The recent election highlighted that we are a nation divided. Staying open to understanding does not require that we agree. But it does reassert a sense of humanity in the other.

Bridging Our National Divide Demands Empathy and Compassion

Bridging divides requires humanizing "the other" by discovering our shared humanity in spite of our different lived experiences.

Can Psychology Explain Donald Trump’s Victory?

A particularly interesting finding was that the well-being of political right-wingers seems to be rather stable irrespective of the level of threat.

12 Steps for Adjusting to the Election of Donald Trump

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on November 11, 2016 in Laugh, Cry, Live
If you feel stunned and distraught at the presidential election of Trump, take these 12 positive steps toward adjustment & hope.

Disagreeing About Politics

By Robert L. Leahy Ph.D. on November 10, 2016 in Anxiety Files
Are your discussions with people who disagree with you sounding like character assassination? It doesn't have to be that way.

The Rise (And Demise) of Financial Narcissism

Whether we like it or not, we are at a high point of Financial Narcissism, a psychological mindset in which Self-Worth = Financial-Worth

Having an Impact on Others

On the first day of school, she said to the class, “My name is Miss Jean Nelson, and I love you all the same.” But it wasn’t exactly true.