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May 18th, 2015 by Equipping Youth

Have You Heard of Emotional Intelligence?

Emotional intelligence is a health challenge because those who lack it are like chaff in the wind. I am glad that social scientists are teaching about emotional intelligence rather than the self centered attributes of self-esteem.


Emotional Intelligence consists of four attributes:

  1. Self-awareness — You recognize your own emotions and how they affect your thoughts and behavior, know your strengths and weaknesses, and have self confidence.


  1. Self-management — You are able to control impulsive feelings and behaviors, manage your emotions in healthy ways, take initiative, follow through on commitments, and adapt to change.


  1. Social awareness — You understand the emotions, needs and concerns of others, pick up emotional cues, feel comfortable socially, and recognize the power dynamics in a group or organization.


  1. Relational management — You know how to develop and maintain good relations, communicate clearly, inspire and influence others, work well in a team, and manage conflict. http://www.helpguide/mental/eq5_raising_emotional_intelligence.htm

            Go to this site for more information and how to develop emotional intelligence.


PC lessons change the lives of all who participate in our classes.

In 2002 when my staff and I began the process of writing lessons for youth we spent many hours discussing and listing their needs. While considering the self gratification messages of the culture and the dismantling of our families we listed the priorities for our lessons’ content. At that time we had not heard of ‘Emotional Intelligence’; however we concluded that youth needed to discuss and practice these very ‘character traits’. Our lessons in Powerful Choices cover these attributes. Participants are given opportunity to practice them as they progress through the lessons. Many students comment on their decisions to change their behavior and to care more about their relationships.