Emotions are running high among parents and students alike as we enter our second month of quarantine. As universities make provisions for continued remote learning and offices for remote work throughout the summer in an effort to combat the global coronavirus pandemic, managing emotions may grow especially difficult in such anxiety-provoking and uncertain times. There’s no guidebook for global trauma and its aftermath. Luckily, researchers around the country have been working on social and emotional learning (SEL) and how we can apply it in situations such as these.
In the April 13th episode of “Unlocking Us with Brené Brown,” Brown speaks with Dr. Marc Brackett, the director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and author of Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive. Throughout their honest, personal, and oftentimes hilarious conversation, they define emotional intelligence (EQ) and why it is now more important than ever to understand what it is and how it can help both adults and children better understand themselves, their surroundings, and each other.