Being Well Podcast: Emotional Intelligence: Improving Self-Awareness, Self-Regulation, and Empathy
August 14, 2023

Emotional intelligence is considered an essential trait for everything from being a desirable romantic partner to having a successful career. But what do we really mean when we say “emotional intelligence,” and how can we become emotionally intelligent over time?

In today’s episode, Dr. Rick and Forrest explore emotional intelligence, including what’s “in” it, balancing emotional closeness and distance, and how we can become more self-aware, self-regulated, and empathic.



Key Topics: 

0:00: Introduction

1:40: What’s emotional intelligence?

4:25: Curiosity, care, and rational vs. emotional decision making

9:30: The five categories of emotional intelligence

11:30: Courage

18:40: Competence, capacity, and application

23:40: Anger, and discerning wants and needs

25:25: Self-awareness

30:20: The stories we invite and are drawn to

33:20: Empathy

44:40: Self-regulation

48:50: Widening the space where the moment of dysregulation occurs

51:45: The feelings beneath the feelings

53:00: Feeling overwhelmed by others, boundaries, and differentiation

1:01:10: Recap

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