Making Sense of Emotion: Innovating Emotional Intelligence

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Dr. Frank John Ninivaggi, assistant clinical professor of child psychiatry

(Rowman & Littlefield)

Children not shown tools to develop emotional intelligence fail emotionally and socially, according to Dr. Frank John Ninivaggi. Basic empathy skills are absent. In adult life, employment and occupational advancement are less likely. “Making Sense of Emotion” adopts the Yale integrative emotional intelligence ability model to address these deficiencies.

The epidemic of overusing medications, substance use disorders, addiction, drug overdoses, and global “doping” in sports reflects emotional malaise, according to the author. Emotional illiteracy is one underlying cause and demands innovative emotional intelligence. This volume supplies literacy tools that show how emotions unfold as personal dramas. Emotions are the language that infants and children use to first express themselves. Emotional awareness is refined emotional intelligence, says Ninivaggi.

This book defines emotions, feelings, affects, moods, and the social-emotional competencies needed to understand and build emotional awareness. Skills take shape resulting in unfolding self-attunement. In real-time, emotional intelligence is effective emotional performance. The missing link between the two is the application of emotion regulation in real life — knowledge in the head displayed in skilled everyday behavior. The ideas in this book explain how to apply this emotional hygiene fitness program to benefit children and adults.