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Emotional Intelligence Skills
Brock Hansen, LCSW
We are all born with the same set of basic emotional responses, including:
Some become obsolete but we do not forget them.
Some are mistakes that we never correct, and we continue self-defeating emotional responses to certain situations.
And some very useful emotional responses we may never learn, because no one teaches us.
Research indicates that persons who master these skills have a distinct advantage in meeting the complex interpersonal challenges of life (See Emotional Intelligence, by Daniel Goleman) and work (See Working with Emotional Intelligence , by Daniel Goleman)
Learning the fundamentals early is always an advantage.
But it is possible to learn these skills later in life, and they are always beneficial.
How much do you want it?
Learning a complex skill is not only for adults.
Children learn very efficiently by imitation.
It is easier for them because they do not have to overcome
An adult has to want the new skill enough to replace old
Wait for it. Plan for it.
If you want it and you understand that learning it is not a quick
You can get help in formulating your plan. You can even get help in wanting it more.
Self help books can be useful.
A coach who understands the territory can be very helpful.
Practice, practice, practice
Your brain is always changing. New synaptic connections are
If you don't choose how you want to change, you will tend to
Coaching can Help!