Develop Emotional Intelligence Through Applied Improvisation: Continuing Education Training Workshop Hand-out
|Workshop design and facilitation by|
Jude Treder-Wolff LCSW, CGP, MT
Self-Awareness - the ability to identify our own emotions and what triggers them and to validate one’s own thoughts and feelings.
Self-Regulation/Self-Management - the ability to work through highly emotional reactions without being derailed by them, and to use emotions in positive ways; Self-regulation increases resilience to the stress response that could otherwise be triggered by the onset of a serious problem
Relationship/Social Awareness - the ability to recognize others' emotions, reactions and responses
Relationship/Social Management - the ability to choose our responses to others that are appropriate to different situations and are "intelligent" in the sense that we take into account the emotional tone and tensions without being controlled by them;
- Attentive listening
- Active receiving
- Focused awareness
- Emotional connection
- Demonstrate the difficulty of focusing on what others are actually saying when distracted by internal monologues;
- Thinking and interacting without the self-censor that can trigger the sense of threat;
- Interpersonal connection in the spirit of a game
- To practice responding to the last offer made in the development of a story;
- To practice letting go of agendas and connecting to what happens moment to moment;
- To participate in a creative process that involves a low-risk degree of uncertainty;
- To build on the offers made by others;
- To practice managing uncertainty through engagement;
- Experience expressing unedited, unrehearsed self-expression that combines thinking and feeling;
- Commit to a position and then allow the creative mind to justify it;
- Practice emotional engagement from different perspectives;
- Examine an issue from a range of perspectives;
- Experience both the role of attentive listener/active receiver and initiator of ideas;
- Recognize that ambivalence or internal conflict that is below the level of consciousness can be worked through by exploring emotional states;
- Explore the experience of shifting gears emotionally about the same issue or from the same character;
- Explore all the emotional dimensions of a human dilemma;
- Explore the complexities of an issue based on different perspectives;
- What emotional truth was surprising about the issue under exploration?
- What emotion was most challenging to explore and why?
- What insights can we gain from mining the different emotions packed into a single decision or dilemma?
Excerpt from "Emotional intelligence training and its implications for stress, health and performance" in the journal Stress and Health, Volume 19 2003: "Emotions serve to draw attention resources to issues that in some way threaten the individual’s integrity; whether that be physical, social or psychological. Emotions are also considered to be adaptive, as they protect the individual from physical harm, facilitate maintenance of self-identity in social settings and guide the individual toward the achievement of tasks and goals. The experience of stress is the manifestation of negative emotions triggered by danger, threat or challenge and which signal to the body the need to prepare for actions of defense and protection."