What is emotional intelligence?

Psychologist & Author Jeanne Segal, PhD, explains what emotional intelligence is and why it is important for parents to develop emotional intelligence in children
What Is Emotional Intelligence & Why Is It Important For Children
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What is emotional intelligence?

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Emotional intelligence is the ability to be connected to what you feel. Basically, that's the bottom line. When you know what you feel, it's much easier to pick up on the non-verbal cues that tell you what the feelings of other people are. People who are emotionally intelligent are using the emotional parts of their brain. That part is on, they are comfortable it, they are not being overwhelmed or underwhelmed by it. It's something they use and are comfortable with and they use in their decision-making processes. Everything they do. They connect how they feel, as well as, what they think.

Psychologist & Author Jeanne Segal, PhD, explains what emotional intelligence is and why it is important for parents to develop emotional intelligence in children

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Jeanne Segal, PhD

Psychologist & Author

Jeanne Segal is a mother and grandmother with an MA degree in psychology and PhD in sociology. She is an author whose books have been translated into 13 languages. Dr. Segal is the developer and content editor of Helpguide.org, a nonprofit website that helps people help themselves. Helpguide attracts over 1 million viewers a week and collaborates with the publishing arm of Harvard Medical School. One of the topics covered on the Helpguide.org website that is dearest to her heart is infant mental health.

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