Soft skills you will acquire
- Emotional control and expression
- Developing self-awareness and self-esteem
- Building our self by changing priorities
Introduction to the Module
Aristotle defines the “soul” as the first perfection of an “organic body”. Apparently, we conclude the argument to be that the soul is a life-giving principle and the driving force of the body.
So, for the last 30 years, a new form of intelligence, apart from ΙQ, seems to have occupied researchers and now the term “Emotional Intelligence” has been introduced into the vocabulary of Psychology. This concept became known in 1995 and later on when psychologist Daniel Goleman published his book Emotional Intelligence – Why EQ is more important than IQ (Goleman, 1995).
Coleman and his later supporters, based on Aristotle’s and Marcus Aurelius theories, present emotional intelligence as the ability to recognise and understand our own feelings as well as the feelings of others, but at the same time to handle our emotions as effectively as possible. More specifically, according to Goleman’s model, emotional intelligence consists of the following dimensions:
- Self-awareness: recognising and understanding our emotions in the present.
- Self-regulation: is related to the control of our emotions so that we can respond effectively to the challenges of everyday life without emotional outbursts. This ability is built on self-awareness.
- Motivation: it is about finding motivation for ourselves to achieve our goals.
- Empathy: it is our ability to perceive the needs and feelings of others.
- Social skills: this is the tendency to communicate effectively with other people and to create social relationships and bonds, so that we can manage the emotions of others positively.
Based on Goleman’s model, the present module will help you to:
Learn how to recognise and understand your emotions in the present
Learn how to recognise and understand other people’s emotions
Learn how to control your emotions in order to respond effectively in everyday life challenges
Learn how to motivate yourself in achieving your goals
Learn how to establish self-confidence in order to create healthy social relationships and bonds
The learning path will guide you through the different activities related to the topic.
At the end of this module, you will find a self-assessment quiz with 5 questions that will help you in your learning process. In case you incorrectly answer one or more questions, you can return to the training materials and check the information you need.
- Jennings S., 1987, Dramatherapy (theory & practice for Teachers and clinicians), (p. 124-143), Brookline Books
- Goleman D., 1995, Emotional Intelligence, (p. 31-45), Pedio books,