Increasing Emotional Intelligence and Managing Stress Through Applied Improvisation - games, exercises and research
|Workshop facilitator: Jude Treder-Wolff, LCSW, RMT, CGP|
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- Emotional Intelligence is associated with the ability to regulate and control the expression of emotions and validate one’s own thoughts and feelings.
- Self-regulation increases resilience to the stress response that could otherwise be triggered by the onset of a serious problem.
- Emotional Intelligence is the use of brain and mind to engage with the tensions of a complex situation rather than react to them.
The amygdala is hard wired to be able to react quickly to danger signals and keep us safe. In modern days, its direct path to behavioral centers of the lower brain can cause issues with the amygdala being “hijacked” by emotional or psychological stimuli.
Emotional intelligence grows through increasing the connections between emotions and higher cognitive functions - experiencing emotions consciously, labeling them cognitively and acting on them choicefully.
- Provide an efficient and simple way for participants to discover commonalities with others in the group;
- Allow the group to discover patterns among the group members;
- Generate a positive social climate within the group;
- Identify a fear that has been overcome and the process involved with getting through it to achieve a goal;
- Focus the group on the resilience demonstrated by group members' stories;
- Generate a "healthy stress" induced by participants having to share something personal and positive about him/herself with the group;
- Explore the ways that music sets an emotional tone;
- Explore how emotions transfer from one person to another;
- Explore the difference between positive and negative emotions in terms of emotional transfer;
- Explore what happens in the brain when we "freeze up" under pressure;
- Integrate information about the stress response and its effects into an experiential exercise;
- Explore the impact of status on stress and the perception of a threat from both sides of a high-low status dynamic;
Put the script aside. Improvise the dialogue from the roles of high-low status.
Create a completely new scene with clearly defined high-low status roles in which the high-status person is threatened by the behavior of the low-status person.
A scripted scene can be used to provide information on any topic in this same way.
Jude Treder-Wolff, LCSW, RMT, CGP is a trainer/consultant and writer/performer. She is host and creator of (mostly) TRUE THINGS storytelling slam.
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