Emotional Intelligence Essential Reads

Will Robots Ever Have Emotions?

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in Hot Thought
To be emotional like human beings, robots would have to approximate our cognitive appraisals, physiological perceptions, and linguistic and cultural contexts. How could they?

Kids with These Skills Are Twice as Likely to Go to College

All children have the ability to learn these skills, we just have to teach them. Here are five exercises you should start teaching your kids today.

How to Avoid War with North Korea

Is war with North Korea inevitable? Psychology offers crucial insights.

Why We Kill, According to Motivational Science

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on December 07, 2017 in Motivate!
Do you think your basic psychological needs are different from those of a killer?

The Human Ape

By Rebecca Coffey on November 29, 2017 in The Bejeezus Out of Me
When it comes to sexual politics, why do even the good guys act like apes?

What Is the Link Between Sex and Power in Sexual Harassment?

Men who are feeling more powerless over an extended period but then experience new heightened power, are the most likely to sexually harass.

Face First: The Most Attractive Expression for a First Date

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 07, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
We size each other up through facial expressions within milliseconds. On a first date, put your best face forward, to ensure a great first date leads to a great relationship

Can You Judge Trustworthiness From a Face?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on October 07, 2017 in Talking Apes
A sucker may be born every minute, but you don’t have to be one of them.

2017 Nobel Literature Winner on Sycophancy

Ishiguro's brilliant portrait of the excruciating side of sycophantic self-nullification.

Why the Emotionally Intelligent May Earn More Money

Emotional intelligence is believed to link to greater success in life than general intelligence. New research shows there are indeed monetary advantages to having a higher EQ.

How to Help a Grieving Friend

By Megan Devine on September 29, 2017 in It's OK That You're Not OK
Want to help a grieving friend, but afraid to say the wrong thing? A few simple rules can make things easier.

The Turing Test for Humans

By Yair Amichai-Hamburger Ph.D. on September 23, 2017 in The Social Net
Are robots gaining the emotional advantage on us?

Compassionate Parenting

We teach children self-regulation by modeling our more humane values.

Emotional Connection

By Dianne Grande Ph.D. on September 22, 2017 in In It Together
What is the most effective way to keep your relationship joyful? Learn how to stay connected.

Praising Children May Encourage Them to Cheat

By David Ludden Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Talking Apes
Praise is important for emotional growth. But new research shows that the way praise is worded—even for three-year-olds—can have a significant impact on their moral choices.

This Is How Mentally Strong People Deal With Snarky Comments

Studies show snarky behavior can spread. Here's how to stay strong when you're dealing with sarcasm, passive-aggressive comments, and backhanded compliments.

How Speaking a Second Language Affects the Way You Think

By David Ludden Ph.D. on September 09, 2017 in Talking Apes
The effort of speaking a second language impacts decision-making processes, but in unexpected ways.

3 Ways Group Therapy is Better Than Individual Therapy

Group therapy is the best choice for social issues. Here's why.

Empathic Limits in Action: Script for Leaving the Playground

Limits give children essential practice in shifting gears between what they want, and something they want more--which is to cooperate and contribute.
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How Failure Impacts Men

By Mathis Kennington Ph.D. on September 01, 2017 in Meaningful Change
Research shows us why men are too busy trying to solve problems to listen to their partners.

Men in Relationships: 3 Keys to Emotional Vulnerability

By Isaiah Pickens Ph.D. on August 31, 2017 in Revolutionary Thoughts
Are masculinity and emotional vulnerability compatible? Better yet, does this integration have utility for men in romantic relationships? Recent research suggests yes and yes.

Transcending the Self

By Emma Stone, Ph.D. on August 28, 2017 in Understanding Awe
As one of the few self-transcending emotions, experiences of awe encourage us to move beyond the self into more collective, ethical modes of thinking and being.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Accommodate Differences

Differences between two people in a romantic relationship sometimes force them to accommodate each other's limitations, preferences, needs, wants, or distance desired.

Facing Your Depression

By David Ludden Ph.D. on August 20, 2017 in Talking Apes
Researchers are working on a new treatment for depression you can put on your mobile device—but a self-help version is already available.

The 1 Skill College Students Wish Their Parents Taught Them

We invest a lot of time in teaching young people to be academically prepared for the future, but we often overlook the skills they really need to succeed.

The Psychology of First Impressions

By David Ludden Ph.D. on August 08, 2017 in Talking Apes
Researchers identify four facial features that drive our first impressions of others.

Two Types of Relationship Aggression Identified

Is impossible for couples to avoid arguments but new research on long-term relationships suggests that some forms are more damaging than others. Here’s how to avoid the bad kind.

Bystanders and Boundaries

Has this happened to you? You're chatting with a friend, when suddenly, they lean a bit closer and begin to confide in you about a mutual friend...and expect you will take sides?

The Secret of Raising a Self-Disciplined Child

Our children learn self-control from the limits we set. But -- and this is critical -- only if we set those limits with empathy.

No, Empathy Isn’t a Universal Value

By Sara Konrath Ph.D. on July 17, 2017 in The Empathy Gap
Which countries score the highest on empathy?