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 3 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

The 10 Reasons Why You Need Emotional Intelligence

Your Emotional Intelligence (EI) is vital for keeping and motivating your people and teams? You are the "Emotional Thermostat" for your team and define reality for them. If you don't step up you allow fear, uncertainty and chaos to rule the day. Read the top 10 reasons you should be developing your Emotional Intelligence.

Why It's Hard to Be Thankful on Thanksgiving

New research reveals what stops us from being grateful during the holidays.

Thanksgiving Special: Why Give Thanks?

By Neel Burton M.D. on November 18, 2015 Hide and Seek
Whenever we give thanks, we receive much more than we give.

In the Age Of Emoji, What's in a Word?

By Vyv Evans Ph.D. on November 18, 2015 Language in the Mind
The Oxford Dictionaries 2015 word of the year isn't a word. In fact, it's an emoji. What does this mean for the changing status of language in the digital age?

6 Little Known Factors That Can Affect Depression

By Pamela D. Garcy Ph.D. on November 18, 2015 Fearless You
These 6 little known factors can affect depression.

How Depression Prepared Me For A Death In The Family

By Tom Wootton on November 17, 2015 Bipolar Advantage
If I did not understand how to function during depression or, worse yet, still clung to the notion that it is not possible, I would have been a burden to my family instead of an asset. Most people fear they will break down and become a burden on those around them or that their bipolar loved ones will break down and add to the already difficult situation.

Relationships: Finding a Great Partner

First, be a good mate yourself. Second, find someone who is as much like you as possible. When you do this, you will find happiness and a happy relationship.

A Boss Intoxicated By The Sound Of His Own Voice

An Executive Coach deals with a nasty, condescending leader exhibiting a psychopathology that turns viral and infects the organization. The CEO and Executive Board are resistant and in denial until employee grievances and negative posts on social media threaten the company brand. Diagnosis reveals that the CEO's ADHD & Intermittent Explosive Disorder goes companywide.

Humanity's In-Humanity

The tragedy of Paris has united us in sorrow, but has filled some of us with hate and a longing to destroy these terrorists. But unless humanity launches a concerted effort towards harmony and tolerance, a "Positive Emotional Footprint," I fear for our very survival.

Change, the Not So New Norm

We talk about change all the time. Yet, in spite of the frequency with which it occurs, we are not skilled at managing it. Here are some tips to guide you through the process.

Terror on the Tube: Background Television & Little Ones

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on November 16, 2015 Screen Time
Recently, Paris came under attack to a horrific set of events. While most young children are not sitting down to watch the evening news, a fair set of households do keep television news on in the background. Encourage children to talk about what they have viewed either in the foreground or the background can help.

You Can't Have Pleasure Without Pain

The research is clear - you need to endure some pain if you want to live a truly happy life.

The Reason You Are Needy

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on November 14, 2015 Wander Woman
The reason you are needy is because social needs fuel your drive to connect with others and succeed. This post will teach you how to identify your needs so you can feed them instead of reacting negatively when they aren't met.

Super Genes

How unlocking the astonishing power of your DNA can improve your health and well-being

Fire Up Your Neuronal Network

By Susan Reynolds on November 12, 2015 Prime Your Gray Cells
Meditation serves as a gateway between the everyday lives we lead and our innermost selves, that which makes us unique and feels most authentic to who we are—in life, and in art. The more access we have to the innermost, sacred parts of our self, the more we are able to express what matters most to us in our work.

How You Open Is How You Close

By Marty Babits on November 10, 2015 The Middle Ground
Three questions and three tips to jumpstart your talks.

Thanksgiving Perils for College Students

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on November 10, 2015 Head of the Class
Should you grill college students about their choices (major, minor, intended career, unknown future) while the turkey is being carved? Consider some golden rules of engagement for this often ambivalent holiday.

5 Steps to Beating Self-Doubt

To truly be able to live your dreams you have to feel worthy of success.

Why Is Happiness So Hard? 10 Reasons, 10 Solutions

Are you confused about happiness? Learn what to do, and what to leave behind in your quest to feel better.

5 Lies Ruining Your Mental Health

Believing these common myths about mental illness is keeping us sick.

Ancient Secrets of the Brain

Things we knew about the brain before we knew we knew them.

Gifted Career Thriving: Personality Traits

What if your already identified gifts of outstanding intelligence and/or creativity could be combined with powerful and positive personality traits that would allow you to soar?

Being a Sedulous Ape: Good or Bad?

Learning by example, when intentional and directed, underlies true learning that is enduring and meaningful. This short piece is a “how to” discussing motivation and skill development.

Training the Brain to Discipline Itself

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on November 05, 2015 Memory Medic
Emotional working memory training improves the ability to suppress disturbing emotional responses.

Married to a Man With Asperger’s Syndrome?

By Eva A. Mendes LMHC on November 04, 2015 The Heart of Autism
Being in a relationship with an undiagnosed Asperger or autistic husband can be challenging in some marriages. The wife can sometimes experience mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, Affective Deprivation Disorder, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of their husband's low emotional reciprocity, communication struggles and anger issues.

The Ineffability of Meaning

By Vyv Evans Ph.D. on November 03, 2015 Language in the Mind
Meaning is central to our lives, and what it means to be human. But the story of how we create meaning is one of the most fascinating, challenging, and perplexing, even, in the contemporary science of language and mind.

15 First Date Mistakes You Should Avoid

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on November 03, 2015 The Squeaky Wheel
Small mistakes can ruin your chances of getting a second date. Here are the most common ones to avoid:

Narcissism or Aspergers: How Would You Diagnose These Cases?

We all like diagnostic labels to clearly define if a syndrome is x or y. What would you do, vis-a-vis, these two cases detailed and sent to me by readers of an earlier article that I have posted on this blog? What are your thoughts: narcissism, Aspergers, both or neither?

Are You Passionate or Intolerant in Your Beliefs?

None of us like to be preached at. How can we tell if we're open to others or simply speaking to ourselves?

In Our Global Village: Youth Documenting Their Communities

Four years after Hurricane Katrina, sixth-graders in a New Orleans classroom list what makes their city unique. A world away, at a school in the jungles of Nepal, youth of all ages share pictures of their families and homes, in the first two chapters of a book they are creating. What happens when young people are invited to tell their community’s stories?