What Matters/Emotional Competency

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Emotional Competency[edit]

Facial expressions reveal our emotions.

Emotional Competency is the essential set of social skills required to recognize, interpret, and respond constructively to emotions in yourself and others.

Emotional competency is an important skill that can provide several benefits throughout many aspects of your life. It can increase your satisfaction with relationships while it increases your gratification and contentment with the many interpersonal events in your life. It can give you greater insight and help you better understand the motives and actions of yourself and others. You can begin to free yourself from anger, hate, resentment, vengeance, and other destructive emotions that cause hurt and pain. You can feel relief and enjoy greater peace-of-mind, autonomy, intimacy, dignity, and wisdom as you engage more deeply with others. Increasing your tolerance and compassion can lead to an authentic optimism and a well-founded confidence, based on your better understanding and interpretation of what-is.

Assignment:[edit]

Increase your emotional competency by completing the emotional competency study guide.

Suggestions for further reading:[edit]

Students interested in learning more about emotional competency may be interested in the following materials:

  • Lazarus, Richard S.; Lazarus, Bernice N. Passion and Reason: Making Sense of Our Emotions. Oxford University Press. p. 336. ISBN 978-0195104615.
  • Goleman, Daniel (September 27, 2005). Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ. Bantam Books. p. 384. ISBN 978-0553383713.
  • Ekman, Paul (March 20, 2007). Emotions Revealed: Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve Communication and Emotional Life. Holt Paperbacks. p. 320. ISBN 978-0805083392.
  • Dalai Lama; Ekman, Paul (March 31, 2009). Emotional Awareness: Overcoming the Obstacles to Psychological Balance and Compassion. Holt Paperbacks. p. 288. ISBN 978-0805090215.
  • Ortony, Andrew; Clore, Gerald L.; Collins, Allan (May 25, 1990). The Cognitive Structure of Emotions. Cambridge University Press. p. 226. ISBN 978-0521386647.
  • Ledoux, Joseph E. (March 27, 1998). The Emotional Brain: The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life. Simon & Schuster. p. 384. ISBN 978-0684836591.
  • Goleman, Daniel (March 30, 2004). Destructive Emotions: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama. p. 448. ISBN 978-0553381054.
  • Robinson, Michael D.; Watkins, Edward R.; Harmon-Jones, Eddie (March 29, 2013). Handbook of Cognition and Emotion. The Guilford Press. p. 594. ISBN 978-1462509997.