Emotional Intelligence and Neuroscience
Neuroscience is the study of our nervous system, with the primary focus being the brain. And it is a multidisciplinary subject. There is a close relationship between the studies Neuroscience and Emotional intelligence.
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Overview of Emotional Intelligence
This video is part of course module number 1.4.3
Program 1: Managing Yourself
Course 4: Emotional Intelligence
Section 3: Applying Emotional Intelligence
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In the academic world, neuroscience is the study of the properties and behaviors of the whole nervous system. As well as the brain, it also includes everything the brain connects to your spinal cord and your central and peripheral nervous systems.
we aren’t neuroscientists, nor academics. We want to learn about the bits that will help us manage and lead people. A useful working definition in our context is:
Neuroscience is about understanding how the brain works, so we can learn to control our responses, manage behaviors, and make resourceful choices.
A large part of Emotional Intelligence is about gaining control over your instinctive emotional reactions.
In her book, Neuroscience for Project Success (https://geni.us/dMFfrkD), Carole Osterweil offers us a powerful way of thinking about Emotional Intelligence in terms of your Thinking Brain and your Emotional Brain.
When we looked at emotional intelligence, we saw four principal components. Osterwieil maps the state of your thinking brain onto these four domains.
This is about becoming aware of the extent to which your Thinking Brain is fully online, or partially overpowered by your emotional brain.
So, once you are aware of the balance of Thinking and Emotion, self-regulation is about your ability to bring your Thinking Brain more to the fore; more ‘online’. And, once you have done that, keep it online.
3. Social awareness
Next, you can turn your attention to the people around you. You will only get the best from them when their thinking brains are fully online. Social awareness allows you to gauge this.
4. Social skills
Finally, social skills are all about understanding how – often in challenging situations – you can bring their Thinking Brains online, and keep them online.
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📖 Emotional Intelligence: Why it Can Matter More Than IQ
📖 Working with Emotional Intelligence
📖 The New Leaders: Transforming the Art of Leadership
📖 Emotional Intelligence: Build Strong Social Skills and Improve Your Relationships
📖 Emotional Intelligence Pocketbook: Little Exercises for an Intuitive Life
📖 EQ Applied: The Real-World Guide to Emotional Intelligence
Neuroscience for project success: Why people behave as they do: Carole Osterweil https://geni.us/dMFfrkD
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00:00 – Neuroscience
00:22 – What is Neuroscience?
00:52 – We aren’t neuroscientists
01:34 – Emotional Intelligence and emotional control
02:13 – Neuroscience for Project Success
02:52 – Self Awareness
03:05 – Self Regulation
03:32 – Social Awareness
03:54 – Social Skills
04:23 – Recommendation
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