What Is Emotional Intelligence

What Is Emotional Intelligence

So What is Emotional Intelligence? In the early 90's I bought a copy of Daniel Goleman's groundbreaking book ‘Emotional Intelligence’ and it was certainly the book that propelled me to start examining my own ‘emotional intelligence’ – I had never even heard the phrase before I read this book. Years later it has been proven that 'Emotional Intelligence' is the key to having a balanced life and to being successful, whatever the choices...

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"There's A Thin Line Between Pleasure and Pain"

"There's A Thin Line Between Pleasure and Pain"

I watched a great TV programme on pleasure and pain the other night and the statistics prove what we have known all along, that the things that give us most joy are; family, love and friends, closely followed by sex. An yes, you've guessed it - what gives us the most pain is; family, love and friends!! Aren't we humans are a funny lot, we go to extraordinary lengths to achieve a measure of pleasure, happiness, success and stability and then seem...

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Do You Have The 'Pre-Wedding Jitters'?

Do You Have The 'Pre-Wedding Jitters'?

'The ‘Big Day’ is just weeks away and you’re panicking!' Go on admit it, you’re imagining the worst will happen, perhaps getting ‘cold feet’ and wondering if this ‘getting married’ business is worth all the stress and expense. Before one of the most important days of your life it  might be useful to reflect on why so many people feel so nervous about getting married. Perhaps it’s because the latest divorce statistics...

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Writing The Story Of Your Life – Part 1

Writing The Story Of Your Life – Part 1

For hundreds of years philosophers, historians, neuroscientists, psychologists and psychiatrists have put forward many differing theories regarding how a child develops. This has varied from being genetically programmed to developing personality through ‘nurture or nature’. Many believe that both theories are correct. Looking back on the belief systems operating in our ancestor’s history, it’s a wonder that any of us survived with a...

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Forgiveness Starts From Within

Forgiveness Starts From Within

Are you still gnawing on the old bones of the unburied past? In 1985,  as part of my self-development programme, I spent a weekend doing a Cybernetics Workshop; and I was most impressed with not only the content of the course, but also the great people who ran it. Towards the end of the weekend we were asked to do a meditation on Forgiveness. It was explained to us that by being unable to forgive others, we keep them locked inside a prison...

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“I Just Want To Be Happy”

“I Just Want To Be Happy”

"I am responsible for my own happiness" Happiness is a feeling, just like anxiety and fear, which comes in waves; it can’t sustain itself because it’s not humanly possible to be happy all the time. And do you know why? It’s because the ancient part of our brain that’s hardwired for survival (the Amygdala) is programmed from birth to look for any ‘threats’ in our environment just like any wild animal. If we’re ultra-sensitive or...

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