Emotional Intelligence, the ability to understand and manage emotions, is about getting along with others. Understanding more about emotional intelligence could be the answer to many concerns that young people have. For example, some young people often lament: “No one cares about me”; “People are always picking on me”; “My parents don’t understand me”; “I don’t know why my friends treat me that way”. Some express the sentiments: “I wish I could get along better with my classmates”; “I wish I understood them”; and “I wish they understood me.” Others ask themselves: “Why do I feel so overwhelmed?” or “Why do I get so angry?”
Developing Emotional Intelligence: 30 Ways for Older Teens and Young Adults to Develop Their Caring Capabilities discusses important ways teens and young adults can develop the characteristics of emotional intelligence. These characteristics include self-awareness, empathy, caring and respect for others, and consideration of other people’s feelings. Having emotional intelligence can help deal with thoughts some young people have.
Developing Emotional Intelligence: 30 Ways for Older Teens and Young Adults to Develop Their Caring Capabilities also encourages and helps young people to understand how their emotions influence their behaviour, and how their emotions and behaviour influence the emotions and behaviour of others.
Developing Emotional Intelligence: 30 Ways for Older Teens and Young Adults to Develop Their Caring Capabilities deal with issues such as stress, emotions and stress management; bullying, crime and self-harm; parent/child and step-parenting relationships; and conflict management. This book also shows how empathy, education of the heart, caring for others, and forgiveness are qualities that can help deal with some of the nagging thoughts some young people have, and help them adjust their emotions and behaviour for better relationships.