Emotional Intelligence Essential Reads

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?

All the Lonely People — Where Do They All Come From?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on July 15, 2017 in Talking Apes
Social networks are vital for good health and well-being, but it is quality and not quantity of relationships that counts.

What Everyday Situation Can Drain Your Empathy for Others?

By Meg Selig on July 11, 2017 in Changepower
Would you stop to help someone in trouble? The surprising everyday situation that can destroy your compassion for others—and nine easy ways to make things better for everyone.

Cause Célèbre? The Question of Women CEO Compensation

By James Bailey Ph.D. on July 10, 2017 in At the Helm
Women CEOs need to be vigilant about their impact.
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How to Deal With Your Partner’s Jealousy

By David Ludden Ph.D. on July 07, 2017 in Talking Apes
If your understand your own and your partner’s attachment style, you can effectively resolve the inevitable conflicts in your relationship.

The Psychology and Brain Biology of “Whatever”

The next time someone tells you to talk to the hand, know why.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Do the Maintenance

Like all else, relationships require maintenance to thrive. Developmental changes, evolving circumstances, and shifts in intentions and dreams are only a few of the catalysts.

Creativity Goes With Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence (EI) famously predicts all kinds of positive attributes. A recent study shows that high EI goes hand in hand with creativity. Here’s why.

5 Paradoxical Ways to Capture the Elusive Art of Creativity

Have you ever wondered how you can change your brain and lifestyle to be more creative?

The Psychology of Selfies

By David Ludden Ph.D. on June 24, 2017 in Talking Apes
A new study shows how people adjust the camera angle of their selfies to manage the impression they want to make on other persons.

Ford Motors Makes an Inventive Leadership Choice

By James Bailey Ph.D. on June 21, 2017 in At the Helm
From office furniture to automobiles? New Ford CEO Jim Hackett has what it takes.

Four Pitfalls of Being a Grandparent

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on June 16, 2017 in Life After 50
Becoming a grandparent is one of life’s milestones. But no matter how close you are to your son or daughter and his/her spouse, you’re bound to have different ideas about it.
Eric Jannazzo PhD

How Am I Doing at Life?

Our culture's gamification of life has led to an epidemic anxiety, ever-buzzing though often just beyond our consciousness.

The Fatal Flaw in Dating Advice

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on June 06, 2017 in Finding Love
Most dating advice promises lasting love, but erodes our chance of ever finding it. The secret to success isn't about your attractiveness. It's about your attractions.

The Best Way to Make New Friends

By David Ludden Ph.D. on June 05, 2017 in Talking Apes
A new Harvard study shows that people like us more when we let them do most of the talking.

Anger and Disgust at Moral Violations

By Art Markman Ph.D. on May 30, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
When people respond to immoral acts, they often respond with anger or disgust. Does that mean that these two emotions are really two sides of the same coin?
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The Power of Curiosity Part 2

Why is it so hard for us to listen to others with opposing points of view?

The Ridiculously Easy Way to Become an Innovative Thinker

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on May 16, 2017 in Feeling It
Whether you're a stay-at-home mom or a CEO—innovation, problem-solving, creativity—they determine your success. Here's the easy way to access breakthrough thinking.

Can Envy Ever Be a Positive Emotion?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on May 12, 2017 in Talking Apes
Envy lets us know about our rank in the pecking order. But how we respond determines whether the outcome will be destructive or help us become better people.

How to Master Your Emotions

As architects of our experiences, we need not be at the mercy of our emotions — rather, we can learn to master them.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Honoring the Self

Honoring the self is an essential way we can show love to others. When we listen to our bodies, stream of consciousness, dreams, impulses and analyses, we have roadmaps to loving.

Is It Best to Be Emotionally Intelligent or Mentally Strong?

You can develop skills that help you build mental strength and develop emotional intelligence. And while they have some similarities, there's a big difference between the two.

Emotion Regulation Skills Reduce Procrastination

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 26, 2017 in Don't Delay
Procrastination is an emotion-focused coping strategy. We avoid some tasks in order to avoid the emotions they evoke. New research explains how to reduce procrastination.

Struggling With Temptation?

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on April 25, 2017 in Trust
Is it better to battle temptation, or to never be tempted at all?