Strategies to improve EQ—Emotional Intelligence

What is emotional intelligence?

Emotional intelligence, or EQ, is the “ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, and your ability to use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships,” write Dr. Travis Bradberry and Dr. Jean Greaves, authors of Emotional Intelligence 2.0. While IQ and personality are stable over a lifetime, the authors explain, “emotional intelligence, on the other hand, is a flexible set of skills that can be acquired and improved with practice.”

Adolescents who improve their emotional intelligence can better handle the challenges and emotions they face as they mature into adulthood. In addition to the Learned Optimism class taken by eighth graders at AHS, all students at AHS are taught to access the entire range of tools and resources at their disposal—the spiritual elements, physical, mental, emotional, and their relationships with family, friends and trusted adults.

Information and strategies to improve emotional intelligence