How Low Emotional Intelligence Will Affect Our Children in Adulthood

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As educators, parents, and childcare workers, we’re lucky enough to live in an era where emotional intelligence is finally discussed in the open. Researchers focus on the benefits of high EQ in childhood, but they’re less vocal about the problems that plague adults with low emotional intelligence as they try to navigate the social aspects of school, work, and relationships. You can’t truly have a full grasp on the benefits of SEL without knowing what happens to children who don’t have access to this crucial curriculum as they grow into adults. The problems are vast, and include: Trouble Performing in … Continued

What is Emotional Intelligence? A Definitive Look

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There’s a lot of buzz these days about emotional intelligence, or EQ, and why it should be part of schools and education. It’s said that EQ has huge benefits, from better relationships to better performance at school and work. But what is emotional intelligence, anyway? For all the buzz, there isn’t enough in-depth discussion about EQ and what it does to benefit today’s children and adults. Let’s take a closer look: What is Emotional Intelligence? It’s hard to boil down emotional intelligence into a single definition, because there are so many ways to define it. It was first described by … Continued

How Developing Emotional Intelligence is a Game-Changer for Anxiety Disorders

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Without the right coping mechanisms, anxiety can be crippling. The problem is, finding those coping mechanisms is a real challenge, because no two cases respond the same way. Plenty of patients bounce back and forth between SSRI treatment, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and lifestyle changes without finding quite the right balance. Developing emotional intelligence, or EQ, gives you access to an entirely new skillset, which you can use to cope with your anxiety disorder and reclaim your quality of life. What is EQ and What Does it Have to Do With Anxiety? Emotional intelligence is the ability to handle emotions with grace, … Continued

Tantrums Are Healthy: Encouraging Your Child to Embrace His Emotions, Positive or Negative

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There comes a time in every parent’s life when he has to handle full-blown, screaming, kicking, public tantrums for the very first time. Seeing your child in a worked-up emotional state is hard, no matter what your parenting strategy is. It’s tempting to go back on your word and tell her “yes, you can have that candy bar,” or to sternly tell him that we don’t scream in this house. Both courses of action have one commonality: they tell your child that expressing her emotions is bad. She’ll learn to shut up when she’s upset, and she’ll grow up to … Continued

5 Ways Emotional Intelligence Skill-Building Benefits Kids Later in Life

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Emotional intelligence (or EQ) skill-building programs help individuals to build their own personal emotional awareness. This includes regulating personal emotions as well as responding to peer emotions. Developing EQ can help children today and later in life by giving kids the skills they need to manage their feelings, solve problems, and function well, later translating into a successful adulthood. Here are 5 ways that emotional intelligence skill-building can benefit kids later in life: Benefit #1: Stronger Interpersonal Relationships Strong emotional intelligence helps children to develop stronger interpersonal relationships by building empathy. Children who are able to see problems from another … Continued

Can Social and Emotional Learning Close Achievement Gaps in Education?

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In the past, academic achievement was often linked to cognitive intelligence, or IQ. Recently, as more research is published exploring achievement gaps in education, studies show that emotional intelligence—or EQ—also significantly impacts educational achievement.  Social and emotional learning programs take place at the district level, at school, in preschools and daycares, and even at home. Could these programs help close the achievement gap? Emotional Intelligence vs. Cognitive Intelligence While cognitive intelligence measures how you interpret and process abstract ideas, solve problems, and reason through challenging concepts, emotional intelligence is a measure of how you manage your own emotions, as well … Continued

5 Neuroscience Benefits of Emotional Intelligence

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There are a million social reasons to encourage your children to develop their EQ. We already know that children with high EQ grow up to be great leaders and strong problem solvers. But what about the neuroscientific benefits of challenging and growing your EQ? Plenty of research over the past 30 years has established that there are real, scientifically-proven benefits to having highly-developed emotional intelligence. Here are just a few of them: #1: Better Aging To understand how emotional intelligence can have an effect on the aging process, you need to know how aging works at a basic DNA level. … Continued

Is there a Way to Relieve Chronic Stress in Childhood?

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Chronic stress in childhood is a major concern for parents everywhere. Whether your child is overcoming a problem at school or dealing with a recent trauma, it’s important for parents to find ways to relieve stress where they can. That’s why understanding chronic stress is just as important as finding ways to ease it. The Different Types of Stress in Childhood According to information from the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University, there are three types of stress that children experience: positive stress response, tolerable stress response and toxic stress response. The most dangerous type is toxic stress. … Continued

5 Fun Games to Play with Your Kids to Boost Their EQ

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It’s no secret that emotional intelligence is a crucial skill set in childhood. Children who have developed emotional intelligence are better at solving social problems, nurturing relationships, and expressing themselves. Setting your child up to carry these skills into a successful adulthood is a huge part of childrearing and early education. Kids learn by doing, so practice these skills through hands-on experiences in the form of fun games. Here’s a look at 4 games that boost childhood EQ skills, including social awareness, self-management, active listening, and collaboration. Physical Games Physical games are easy to teach and easy to play, and … Continued

A Brief History of the Emotional Intelligence Theory

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In 1990, the world was introduced to the term “emotional intelligence” (aka EI or EQ) as a new means to understand human intellect when Peter Solovey and John D. Mayer posited the significance of EQ in their article titled “Emotional Intelligence.” Their work was groundbreaking in that it revealed that human intelligence was not simply guided by our cognition but also by our emotional responses and our social interactions.  The article led to a new understanding of how to define intelligence, and over time, the once tried and true IQ test was complemented with rigorous quantifying tests measuring the social … Continued

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