This video is one of a series designed to spark a conversation about emotional expression and relational intelligence. Emotional intelligence or emotional quotient (EQ) is commonly understood to mean emotional self-awareness, the ability to name, understand and manage our emotions. We’re also talking about Relational Intelligence. That is, the acknowledgment that emotional connection happens in the context of relationships, so how we navigate in those spaces is crucial to our personal and professional success.
When we grow our children’s emotional capacities and relational intelligence, they are better able to manage conflict, grow self confidence, and see others’ points of view. In fact, how well they observe, interpret and engage in our relationships is central to their successes in life.
But our children will need help. Especially our sons. They will need our support in order to overcome our culture of male emotional toughness that teaches them to be stoic, perform a facade of toughness and to hide their emotions.
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— Mark Greene (@RemakingManhood) April 5, 2016