Is your teen emotionally intelligent? What does emotional intelligence look like? – Sandra
Can your teen:
- Identify their own emotions, as well as detect and decipher the emotions of others?
- Appreciate slight variations between emotions and recognize how they evolve over time?
- Manage their emotions — even negative ones — to achieve intended goals?
- Capitalize fully upon their changing moods in order to best fit the task at hand?
Strong core emotions such as anger, sadness, fear may be difficult for teens to tolerate. In order to be emotionally intelligent, teens must be able to recognize these core emotions, accept them, and become comfortable with them. When it comes to happiness and success in life, emotional intelligence (EQ) matters just as much as intellectual ability (IQ).
According to Dr. Jeanne Segal, emotional intelligence consists of five key skills:
1. The ability to quickly reduce stress.
2. The ability to recognize and manage your emotions.
3. The ability to connect with others using nonverbal communication.
4. The ability to use humor and play to deal with challenges.
5. The ability to resolve conflicts positively and with confidence.
Learning to be observant of their feelings can help improve a teen’s academic, psychological and social well-being. Learning to cope with uncomfortable feelings is a crucial part of developing into a mature adult.
By teaching teens how to self-soothe, and calm themselves down – we help them stay balanced, focused, and in control – no matter what challenges they are facing. Discuss healthy ways of coping with stress – like physical activity, relaxation strategies and breathing techniques. Teach teens that they have a choice in how they think about and respond to life’s stressful moments.
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