Explaining social intelligence

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Explaining social intelligence

Social and emotional intelligence is I think sometimes better thought of as social and emotional literacy in that it's a skill that we want to teach our kids and practice with them. Because emotional intelligence or social intelligence or social and emotional literacy really is the foundation of a happy and meaningful life. We need to be able to understand our own emotions and the emotions of other people and respond to them appropriately in order to connect with them, to have relationships – all the things that are really important to leading a happy life. And parents can really teach their kids social and emotional literacy just the same way we would teach them to read. So when we're teaching kids to read, we teach them to recognize high-frequency words first. And we can do the same thing with little kids – we can teach them how to recognize high-frequency emotions. So simply by saying, "I can see that you're feeling angry or you're feeling really joyful right now." Just giving them the words that they need to identify emotions is the first step.

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Christine Carter, PhD

Sociologist & Happiness Expert

A sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Christine Carter, PhD is the author of Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents. Dr. Carter also writes an award-winning blog for Greater Good, which is syndicated on the Huffington Post and PsychologyToday.com. Carter has helped thousands of parents find more joy in their parenting while raising happy, successful and resilient kids. Known for her parenting and relationship advice, Carter draws on psychology, sociology, neuroscience, and uses her own chaotic and often hilarious real-world adventures to demonstrate the do’s and don’ts in action.

After receiving her B.A. from Dartmouth College, where she was a Senior Fellow, Dr. Carter worked in marketing management and school administration, going on to receive her PhD. in sociology from UC Berkeley. Dr. Carter has been quoted in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle and dozens of other publications. She has appeared on the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” the “TODAY” show, the “Rachael Ray Morning Show,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” and NPR.

Carter has been a keynote speaker at hundreds of events and professional groups. In 2010, she received an award from the Council on Contemporary Families for her outstanding science-based reporting on family issues. In 2011 she won Red Tricycle’s award for the “Most Awesome Parent Education,” and so far in 2012 she has been nominated for a Bammy Award and for an award from the American Sociological Association for public sociology.

Dr. Carter teaches parenting classes online throughout the year to a global audience on raisinghappiness.com. She lives with her family in Berkeley, CA.

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