Make sure all the following content is present and in the
a. Story (at least one and a half page)
Describe in detail some event in your
recent life (last eight months) that provoked a strong and complex emotional
response in you, an episode where you wish that you had had different emotions and/or had acted differently and/or had a stronger or waeker emotional response. Include in your description your emotional
responses to the events. Should be recent enough that you have not significantly matured since it happens: the story should still be characteristic of your present emotional maturity/intelligence. In other
words it needs to be worthy of reflection and form the basis of identifying a plan to improve aspect of your Emotional Intelligence.
b. Analysis (likely to be over two pages)
Show your understanding of how to
analyze emotions into their four aspects by analyzing the
chain of events in your story as in the example I will
discuss in class: Caught near the orchard. (<---- will become a link after we have meeting 10) Apply the Consistency Test to your analysis: determine that label, interpretative thoughts, and motivation to act fit with each other.
End this section with a summary of what you learned from it, paying attention to presence or absence of the Care of Self emotion, the degree to which you acted on your Motivation to Act, the relative importance of thought vs perception as a trigger of your emotions.
c. Your Emotional Self-Profile (at least three pages)
(A) Describe and
discuss your emotional intelligence by explaining how you
rate yourself on Daniel Goleman's five
components of emotional intelligence : Self-awareness, Self-regulation, Motivation, Emphaty, and Social Skills, paying attention to each of the Hallmarks; and on Michael Pritchard's V.I.P: Vision, Initiative and Perspective.
(Discuss your V(ision).I(nitiative).P(erspective) as a subtopic to "Motivation." Illustrate this
discussion with examples from other situations not discussed
in your Story. Do not refer to your story in this part of the paper.)
(B) Discuss how your emotional identity
has been shaped by the emotional
climate of your life experiences, upbringing (family, church, school, etc.)
and study and readings.
Use your notes of the interview and the ideas from the EI video about the work of Daniel Goleman and Michael Pritchard's
Vision, Initiative and Perspective. Consult also
d. Explanation and Understanding (at least two pages)
Show your ability
to reflect thoughtfully on your emotional response and create understanding of what happened by providing an explanation (also Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy on Explanation) that makes your emotions and behavior in the story more understandable.
Study the Analysis (section b) you made of the episode. Check whether some of your emotions are triggered by thoughts, memories; whether some of them involved faulty factual judgments or value judgments that do not agree with the kind of person you want to be.
Organize this section by discussing the extent to which your emotional episode reflects and is consistent with your emotional self-profile (go through the five aspects, and the VIP) and add further sections with other issues that reflect some of your own questions.
Be specific, detailed, and deep in this section. Make an Office Hour appointment with the instructor if
you're stuck for ideas on how to go deeper. Use your
notes of the interview.
Use the insights you derived from analyzing your emotions
(section b). Use the List of
e. A Plan for Change. (at least two pages)
In a first paragraph, identify what you consider the strong point of your emotional intelligence and what are the weak points: self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, motivation (Vision, Initiative, and Perspective), social skills
Discuss the how you will "train" your
emotional character (this is your solution to reach your goal) in order to improve your emotional intelligence (EI and VIP) in those aspects that you have found lacking or wanting (this is your goal).
How can you use your strengths to improve your weaknesses? What is a high leverage point to improve your overall EI?
This is the section where you especially need to be creative to find an effective solution to reach your goal!
Be specific, but realistic: since by putting this plan together you are committing yourself to really do this in the timeframe that you specify, you do not want to say things that you already know you are not going to do.
Consider the fact that skills and habits spread in social networks by contagion and imitation: hanging out with people that have these skills rubs off.
Is happiness catching?
Dynamic spread of happiness in a large social network: longitudinal analysis over 20 years in the Framingham Heart Study.
Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler. Connected : the surprising power of our social networks and how they shape our lives. New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2009.
Training can include reading specific novels (give titles) to expand emotional vocabulary and create vicarious experiences to improve awareness and regulation; joining specific clubs or organizations to improve social skills; design a program of music making or listening for mood control, or improved concentration; keep a journal to improve emotional awareness; do writing exercises to describe situations from other points of view; or reflect on compassion; for behavior therapy for social anxiety; understanding the concept and process of forgiveness to rid oneself of anger or the feeling of being a victim; the social skill of effective communication; of atonement, reparation for a wrong or injury, to overcome feelings of guilt; contemplate the concept of gratitude, counting one's blessing rather than burdens, towards ones parents or others; start practicing mindfulness, yoga, meditation, aikido, seishindo; develop the other part of your brain, etc. (one page). [NB. In the last project of the semester you will need to report on the progress you have made in this program of self-improvement.] Consider the Keys to Life-long Self-development.
Put in references in the text (sections a - e) wherever you have used ideas and quotes from your readings, and collect all your references in this bibliography. Follow this format and refer in your writing to your bibliography in this way.
NB. I expect at least five external references quoted in the text of your paper. External references are sources not brought into the class by the instructor, such as books or articles you find in the library or online sources with a url distinct from the class website. More quotes from external sources is better.
Further suggested reading to give your paper greater depth (make sure to refer in the text to your additional readings and list them in your Bibliography).
Daniel Goleman's website
Emotional Intelligence Consortium
Hear an interview with Daniel Goleman on Social Intelligence (mp3 file)
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy on Emotions
Daniel Goleman on "mirror neurons"
Scientific American article on 'mirror neurons"
Scientific American article on autism and "mirror neurons"
Positive Psychology, a new branch of psychology which focuses on the empirical study of such things as positive emotions, strengths-based character, and healthy institutions
CASEL (The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) enhances "children's success in school and life by promoting coordinated, evidence-based social, emotional, and academic learning as an essential part of education from preschool though high school."
Consider using the ideas of Martha Nussbaum's "Philosophy
as a Therapy of Emotions". Read further up on her at here. If you wish to delve deeper into this topic complete reading her Morality and Emotions.
The Futile Pursuit of Happiness, by Jon Gertner
What is happening in the minds of people who have developed a greater capacity for forgiveness and compassion? See here.
Robert J. Emmerling, and Daniel Goleman. "Emotional Intelligence: Issues and Common Misunderstandings."
Emotional intelligence is an elaboration of Howard Gardner's theory of Multiple Intelligences, esp. the interpersonal and intrapersonal categories. See
Character Education web sites list, gathered to help support Utah's Character Education Program.
Handbook of mental control / Daniel M. Wegner, James W. Pennebaker, editors. Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice Hall, 1993.
Chapter 9 Resiliency Strategies: Coping with Stress/Avoiding Despair, from In Search of Harmony: Becoming Your Own Hero at Work Copyright© 2002 by Vivian Ellis Zabriskie
See this Listmania list on EI
Greater Good highlights ground breaking scientific research into the roots of compassion and altruism.
The how of happiness : a scientific approach to getting the life you want / Sonja Lyubomirsky.
Thanks! : how the new science of gratitude can make you happier / Robert A. Emmons.