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A general introduction to components of Emotional Intelligence

The Importance of EQ

The phrase "Emotional Intelligence" (also known as EQ) was popularized by Daniel Goleman in his book, Emotional Intelligence (1995).  EQ acts as an umbrella for the processes of self-assessment and emotional regulation as well as the development of empathy and controlled behaviors.








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It is important to not only identify the emotions and motivations for yourself and others (Self and Social Awareness), but is equally important to learn how to respond in a productive and appropriate manner (Self and Relationship/Social Management). The pages of this guide provide a brief introduction to these concepts.

Streaming Videos on EQ

  TEDx - Emotional Intelligence- The Skills Our Students Deserve (2015):

Ronen Habib discusses the importance of incorporating EQ into the lives of students, encouraging self-awareness and the ability to module emotion.

  You Aren't At The Mercy Of Your Emotions -- Your Brain Creates Them (2018):

Psychology professor Lisa Feldman Barrett  explains how we may have more control over our emotions than we think.


  Emotional Intelligence and Success (2021):

One dimension of intelligence is your emotional intelligence -- your awareness that emotions can drive behavior, coupled with an ability to manage emotions. Find out how you can increase your emotional intelligence, improve your relationships and social skills, and work more effectively under pressure. Streams on Kanopy.


  What Is Emotional Intelligence (EQ)? (2017):

Learn about the relatively recent emergence of emotional intelligence as a unique field of inquiry and the three leading theories used to describe and understand EQ. With your emotion journal, you'll start building your EQ Skills Tracker, a running library of what you learn in this course about your own emotions and a to-do list for future learning. Streams on Kanopy.


  Emotional Intelligence: The Key to Social Skills (1997):

This program looks at innovative teaching techniques that are helping students to develop emotional intelligence and the social skills that will help them lead happier lives. Psychologist Daniel Goleman discusses the nature of emotional intelligence and how it develops; child psychologist Maurice Elias explains the concept of emotional literacy.


  4 Things Emotionally Intelligent People Don't Do (2020):

If you want to increase your emotional intelligence, try approaching the problem backwards: Instead of trying to improve your emotional intelligence skills, strive to identify and eliminate the habits that are interfering with your natural emotional intelligence in the first place.

Merritt Library Books on EQ