Build Your Emotional Intelligence Muscle!

Build Your Emotional Intelligence Muscles! Emotional Intelligence skills–understanding and managing your own emotions, recognizing others’ emotions, interacting successfully with other people, and building resilience–can all be improved. Like any skill–developing a great golf swing, sketching a decent portrait, adding a killer serve to your tennis game, or learning to read Mandarin Chinese–learning Emotional Intelligence skills …

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Self-Awareness Matters, A Lot

Recently, after getting off a flight from a relaxing, stress-free vacation in sunny Mexico, I found myself in a slow-moving line at U.S. Customs.  With no attempt to eavesdrop, I couldn’t help but hear a conversation taking place less than two feet behind me—apparently two businessmen discussing one of their colleagues—or more likely, one of …

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What’s Funny About That?

On a recent lazy Sunday morning as my sweetie and I were sipping coffee in bed, I glanced through the email on my iPad with the vague intention of clearing out my overflowing email inbox.  As I ruthlessly pressed delete for any number of ads and notifications, I noticed that a friend with a quirky …

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Don’t Eat Those Carrots! Emotional Intelligence and Ethics

“You can eat anything but those carrots—don’t eat those carrots!”  Long ago, I attempted this sort of “reverse psychology” on a rather obstinate two-year old, trying to get her to eat more nutritiously.  I can’t even remember if it worked!  More recently, I came across an article that described ten “tricks” for using “psychology” to …

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