DiscoverYoung and Profiting with Hala Taha#165: Level Up Your Emotional Intelligence with Daniel Goleman
#165: Level Up Your Emotional Intelligence with Daniel Goleman

#165: Level Up Your Emotional Intelligence with Daniel Goleman

Update: 2022-04-111


How do you react to challenging situations and interactions? Are you able to express empathy and understanding even when you’re feeling frustrated and unheard? If so, you might have high emotional intelligence (EQ). A high EQ is one of the most important skill sets you can have if you want to thrive in and outside of the office. People with high EQ are more likely to be effective communicators, problem-solvers, and more. If you think you have a low EQ and tend to react based on your emotions, don’t worry! Best-selling author and psychologist Dan Goleman knows that these skills can be learned! We can all harness our emotions and use them for our benefit. In this episode, Hala talks to Dan about IQ VS EQ, the link between mindfulness and EQ, the four aspects of an emotionally intelligent person, parasympathetic and sympathetic modes, the relationship between anxiety and performance, and gives actionable tips about how we can learn emotional intelligence.   

Topics Include:

- Dan’s Journey

- The basis of his book Emotional Intelligence


- Learning EQ and neuroplasticity 

- Link between meditation and stress reactivity 

- Four parts of an emotionally intelligent person

- Value of emotions 

- Emotional Stoplight 

- Cyber disinhibition

- Types of brains and brain biology

- Amygdala hijacks 

- Steps to developing emotional intelligence 

- Inner dialogue and how to speak to ourselves 

- Parasympathetic vs sympathetic mode

- Relationship between anxiety and performance

- Self-motivation and purpose 

- “The Good Cry” and why this phenomenon may not hold weight

- Recipe for getting over an argument 

- How to shift your mood

- Three different types of empathy and how you use them

- How emotional intelligence impacts society 

- How EQ translates into organizational performance

- Dan’s actionable advice to be more profitable tomorrow

- Dan's secret to profiting in life  

- And other topics… 

Daniel Goleman is the author of the best-selling book Emotional Intelligence, as well as many other works in emotional and social intelligence, leadership, and education. He is also a psychologist, former science journalist for the New York Times, and co-director of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations.

Daniel co-founded the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning at Yale University’s Child Studies Center. He lectures frequently to professional audiences, and is the host of the First Person Plural podcast.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, and a PhD in clinical psychology and personality development from Harvard, where he also taught. 

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#165: Level Up Your Emotional Intelligence with Daniel Goleman

#165: Level Up Your Emotional Intelligence with Daniel Goleman

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