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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  • Let’s talk: The art of understanding and repairing our differences
    Let’s talk: The art of understanding and repairing our differences

    BY ROBIN STERN AND DIANA DIVECHA In the wake of the presidential election, feelings are running high in America, with half of the electorate rejoicing and the other half panicking. The divide we felt in the nation in the run-up to the election now seems more intense than ever. How can we understand our differences? How can we begin to repair them? In the world of emotional intelligence, we close the gaps in our understanding of people “on the other side” by first being aware of our own feelings and stories, and then getting curious about the feelings and stories on the other side of the conversation. This is not easy. A conversation that includes opposing viewpoints can feel like looking at the classic vase-or-face picture. We alternate between seeing one or the other. But to see the entire picture — or hold an integrated conversation — requires that all Read more

  • 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

  • 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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