Emotions Matter

Emotions drive learning, decision-making, creativity, relationships, and health.

The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence uses the power of emotions to create a more effective and compassionate society. The Center conducts research and teaches people of all ages how to develop their emotional intelligence.

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  • Dena Simmons of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence Presents TED Talk on Broadway
    Dena Simmons of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence Presents TED Talk on Broadway

    Last November, our Director of Education, Dena Simmons, gave a TED talk on Broadway, and we are happy to report that her talk, How students of color confront impostor syndrome, is now live. In her talk, Dena shares her journey to where she is now and illustrates the emotional damage done when young people can’t be themselves, when they are forced to erase themselves in order to be acceptable. She urges all of us to create educational experiences that allow all students to learn in the comfort of their own skin. To see Dena’s talk, please click here. Read more

  • For families: How to respond to our young people
    For families: How to respond to our young people

    At the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, we recommend that you check in with your own feelings first.  Name what you feel, and use a strategy – maybe deep breathing— to calm your own emotions in order to be available for a conversation with your child. Then, listen to your child’s feelings and validate them. Create space for them to ask questions, and listen deeply to their concerns. One particular concern we’ve heard quite a bit so far is: “How does a man who says mean things get to be the President?” Here are some thoughts to guide your conversations: Not all people/families feel the same way about how wrong it is to say mean things. Then, you can share what your family feels. Remind your child of your family values and the type of behavior you expect them to engage in despite what is being modeled in the media. Read more

  • Yale School of Medicine releases report on social and emotional learning in Bridgeport Public Schools

    Michael Strambler, PhD, and Joanna Meyer, MAT, from Yale School of Medicine at The Consultation Center on November 2 released an initial evaluation report on the district-wide Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Initiative in Bridgeport. SEL is the process of developing personal and inter-personal knowledge and skills related to feelings, thoughts and behaviors. During the first year of classroom-level programming, Strambler and Meyer found evidence that SEL tools were becoming a regular part of classroom instruction. The team also found evidence supporting the relationship of student outcomes such as academic grades, attendance, and rates of suspensions and expulsions with student perceptions of positive school climate and their own SEL skills. Student self-assessments of behavior regulation had the strongest and most consistent association. Bridgeport’s SEL initiative began in the 2013-2014 school year, when Strambler and colleagues partnered with the Wilbur Cross School to implement the RULER Approach, a social and emotional Read more

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