“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”  ~ Antione de Saint-Exupery

Enhance Emotional Literacy

Definition: Accurately identifying and understanding feelings.

Importance: Emotions are chemicals, a form of neurotransmitter, that provide data about yourself and others; emotions are a feedback system delivering information that drives behavior and decisions. Emotional literacy is the capacity to access and interpret that data.

"emotional literacy" is naming and understanding feelings

Enhance Emotional Literacy is one of the core competencies of “Know Yourself” in the Six Seconds Model.

Emotional literacy helps you notice, name, and understand feelings. This provides critical information about you (and about others), which gives you insight into the core drivers of behavior. This understanding is also key to managing your reactions.

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What are emotions and where do they come from?

Recommended Tools

EQ for Families: Emotional Literacy Workshop: Help parents and caregivers increase emotional literacy — the foundation to emotional intelligence. This program, “The Power of Feelings: Parenting with Emotional Intelligence,” will help them communicate with their children, recognize and manage emotions, and increase self-awareness.

Emotional Literacy Museum: The Emotional Literacy Museum is a self-directed learning experience teaching about the physiology of emotions, emotional regulation, and emotional literacy. 

Mixed Emotions Cards – a beautiful deck of “tarot-like” cards of feelings (labeled with feelings and synonyms)

eMotion Cards – evocative, playful moon face illustrations of emotions (open-ended without labels)

Biodots – a simple reminder that emotions are part of our physiology

Bingo Emotions – classic “bingo” game played with emotions (in English & Spanish)

Feeling Faces – photos of real people and data about how survey respondents evaluated each picture

Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Assessment with debrief which provides feedback about the way you’re currently using your EQ and how to improve in this area

EQ for Families: Emotional Literacy Workshop – Help parents and caregivers increase emotional literacy — the foundation to emotional intelligence.

Articles about Emotional Literacy

Racism and Re-humanizing Emotions (#25) (8/27/2020) by Six Seconds - What’s the importance of honoring the complexity and fullness of emotions especially experienced by BIPOC in the wake of racial bias? ...
Integrated Emotions: Feelings Are Allies (8/17/2020) by Joshua Freedman - What if all our feelings had value? Many people see emotions as "good" or "bad" -- which leaves us in a constant state of internal struggle against our own feelings. Here's a framework to rethink feelings as valuable signals about what's important. ...
Ask Us Anything About Emotions (#23) (8/11/2020) by Six Seconds - What do emotions mean and how can we use them better? Check out this playful and provocative livestream asking anything about feelings! ...
Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions: Feelings Wheel (8/11/2020) by Six Seconds - Make sense of emotions with this interactive feelings wheel. Robert Plutchik's wheel of emotions explained - guide & free download ...
Coaching Emotions (#22) (8/5/2020) by Six Seconds - Join Jenny Rogers (author of Coaching Skills), Ann Rindone (VP at ICF), Natalie Roitman (coauthor of The EQ Gym) and Josh Freedman (author of At the Heart of Leadership) in a deep dive to the heart of coaching. ...
Celebrating Feelings: Emotions for Thriving (5/26/2020) by Six Seconds - In two inspiring, interactive, authentic conversations, we’ll get to the essential basic for mental wellbeing: Talking about feelings. ...
Yale’s Marc Brackett Shares Personal Healing Story (11/5/2019) by Michael Miller - Marc Brackett says the process started by liberating himself from judging his own emotions, giving himself permission to feel. ...
Illuminate: How Are You (Really) Feeling Today? (9/5/2019) by Maria Jackson - How can you be more empowered with your emotions? The first step is to be able to correctly label them, in a timely manner - the emotional intelligence skill of enhance emotional literacy. ...
Emo-Shines: What Can Visible Emotions Can Teach Us (8/20/2019) by Anabel Jensen - What if every subtle turn of our emotions were immediately obvious to us? And – just for fun – I pondered: What would happen if emotions were also visible to everyone else? ...
Why “Six Seconds” – About Our Intriguing Name (6/19/2019) by Six Seconds - The chemicals of emotion affect every living cell in our bodies - but they are quickly recycled - guess how long? Well... we're called Six Seconds for a reason! ...

more emotional literacy articles on our site

Other Resources

HBR blog on recognizing emotions http://blogs.hbr.org/bregman/2012/05/do-you-know-what-you-are-feeli.html

Paul Ekman’s Emotions Revealed

Chip Conley’s Emotional Equations

 

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