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Emotional Intelligence

Book Summary: EMOTIONAL AGILITY by Susan David

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Susan David

Author, Phsychologist at Harvard Medical School, and Co-Founder of Institute of Coaching

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Emotions can often run high, especially when faced with challenges like criticism or setbacks. How you handle these emotions can significantly impact your well-being and success. Susan David, the renowned author of "Emotional Agility," offers valuable insights on managing emotions effectively. This session explores the concepts from her book, providing you with a roadmap to navigate the complex terrain of work-related emotions.

How to Become More Emotionally Intelligent

When confronted with distressing emotions, people generally fall into two categories: bottlers or brooders. Bottlers tend to suppress their emotions, burying them deep inside. This suppression may provide temporary relief, but it eventually leads to emotional leakage and unintended outbursts. Brooders, on the other hand, immerse themselves in their emotions, fixating on them, which can hinder productivity and relationships.

The Four-Step Process for Emotional Agility

Susan David presents a four-step process to deal with distracting and uncomfortable emotions effectively:

1. Name Your Emotion: The first step is acknowledging and labeling your emotions accurately. This nuanced vocabulary helps you gain a deeper understanding of your feelings, which is crucial for managing them.

2. Accept Your Emotion: Rather than attempting to suppress or ignore negative emotions, embrace them. Acceptance is the first step toward regaining control.

3. Learn more about the third step in this session.

4. Act According to Your Values: When you step out of your emotions, you regain the power to act in alignment with your values. Your values serve as signposts guiding you toward meaningful actions.

Embracing Emotional Agility for a Fulfilling Career

By adopting the principles of emotional agility, you can transform your approach to work challenges. Instead of being reactive, you can respond thoughtfully, aligning your actions with your values. Susan David's insights provide a powerful toolset to navigate the emotional intricacies of your career.

Watch this session to explore emotional agility in-depth and learn how to thrive in the face of workplace challenges.

Emotions are an integral part of the human experience, and how you manage them can shape your career trajectory. As Susan David notes, "Between stimulus and response, there is a space, and in that space lies our power to choose our response." Harness the power of emotional agility to unlock your potential and cultivate a fulfilling career.

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