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The Facebook Breakup

The Facebook Breakup

Posted on Mar 14, 2016

The New York Times ~ March 9th, 2016  |  For Kate Sokoloff, a brand strategist in Portland, Ore., the Facebook mirror of her breakup with her boyfriend of three years was like “an emotional sucker punch,” she said. “Not 15 minutes after we broke up four years ago, and probably while he was still parked outside of my house, he changed his status to ‘single.’”... It’s not news that the social network, whose roiling environs hold over 1.5 billion people, is a complex and sometimes confounding space. Navigating its evolving rules and byways requires the nuance and skill of a Jane Austen heroine, as well as the thick skin of a politician. The Compassion Team is devoted to making Facebook’s interactions more human, and more humane... [They] have developed tools to help with social resolution, bullying, online aggression (or perceived aggression), eating disorders and issues particular to high school students, working with the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and other academic partners. Full Article Here   … read more

Bellevue School District Targets Students’ Emotional, Social Well-Being to Curb Angst

Bellevue School District Targets Students’ Emotional, Social Well-Being to Curb Angst

Posted on Mar 10, 2016

Bellevue Reporter ~ March 9th, 2016 | The Bellevue School District is currently wrapping up a pilot program in which middle school students are not only learning about math, science and literature, but also about their own emotions and building relationship skills. "This could be a game-changer for the whole community, in my opinion," said Wendy Powell, one of the district's Social Emotional Learning curriculum developers. The pilot program aims to improve middle school students' self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and responsible decision making using a combination of two programs — RULER and MindUp, from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and the Hawn Foundation, respectively. Full Article … read more

Mummy is Having a ‘Yellow Day’, Thanks for Asking

Mummy is Having a ‘Yellow Day’, Thanks for Asking

Posted on Feb 29, 2016

The Telegraph ~ February 27th, 2016 | Moments after I had given birth to my third child, my husband handed me my mobile phone. Our eldest son, Hector, three, was calling. “How are you, Mummy?” he asked. “How are you feeling?” He wasn’t being polite. He was genuinely interested in my emotional state. “Happy,” I replied. “I’m excited about introducing you to your new brother.” It’s his nursery’s fault. His teachers are encouraging children as young as two-and-a-half to talk openly about their moods and emotions. As a result, Hector is constantly asking me if I’m happy or sad. He tells me if something or someone upsets him (often with tear-jerking honesty) and when his younger brother, Alfie, two, steals his Lego, he will admit that he wants to “smash and bash” him. I take this as my cue to intervene. Full Article … read more

Will Facebook’s New Reactions Reduce Written Comments?

Will Facebook’s New Reactions Reduce Written Comments?

Posted on Feb 26, 2016

San Jose Mercury News ~ February 26th, 2016 | I have mixed feelings about Facebook's new Reactions product. On one hand, I applaud the company for offering users a wider range of emotional responses they can easily make to other people's posts but I worry that it might cause some to make fewer comments the old-fashioned way, by typing their original thoughts. Until Wednesday, the only way you could acknowledge a person's post with a single click was to "like" it. That's fine for responding to something positive, but not if the person just posted that his dog died or that she got laid off from her job. With the new Reactions, you can now hover over the Like button and also choose Love, Haha, Wow, Sad or Angry. Full Article … read more

How to Help Your Child Develop Executive Function and Self-Regulation Skills

How to Help Your Child Develop Executive Function and Self-Regulation Skills

Posted on Feb 24, 2016

Noodle.com ~ February 24th, 2016 |  The refrains from the traditional games that many of us played as children — and that many children play today — are not just the sounds of children having fun. They are also the sounds of children learning! The skills children practice when playing these games are not only important on the playground, but also in social and educational settings. Why? At the heart of each of these games is a crucial skill: executive functioning. Executive functioning has three components: Attentional flexibility: the ability to pay attention to instructions, ignore distractions, and switch focus from one task or person to another (e.g., listening expressly for the words “Simon Says”) Working memory: the ability to keep information in your mind long enough to follow through with instructions (e.g., remembering to stay still if tagged “duck” and to run if tagged “goose”) Inhibitory control: the ability to stop and respond in a way that might feel less natural, but is more appropriate (e.g., refraining from disregarding the wishes of the “mother” when those differ from what is requested) Full Article Here … read more

The Faas Foundation Announces Partnership With Yale Center For Emotional Intelligence To Study Role Of Emotions In The Workplace

Posted on Feb 22, 2016

PR Newswire ~ February 22nd, 2016 | Andrew Faas, founder of The Faas Foundation, announced a joint initiative with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to create the Emotion Revolution in the Workplace. In order to build positive work climates, this groundbreaking initiative between business and academia will investigate the role emotions play in the work environment, including: How employees feel about their work Why they feel the way they do The impact emotions have on individual and organizational performance, overall health, and well-being How to effectively build positive workplace climates "We are excited that The Faas Foundation has decided to partner with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to bring emotional intelligence into the workplace. Last year, we successfully launched the Emotion Revolution in school settings with the Born this Way Foundation, founded by Lady Gaga and her mom, Cynthia Germanotta. Now with support from the Faas Foundation we can launch the Emotion Revolution in the Workplace in order to promote psychologically safe and healthy workplaces for all employees," said Dr.Marc Brackett, Director of Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Full Article … read more