If your life is running on autopilot, there is new cause to break away and get in touch with your emotions.
“We’re so distracted by technology, there’s a growing hunger for a renewed connection with ourselves and what’s happening in the moment,” says Daniel Goleman, whose 1995 best seller, Emotional Intelligence, popularized the idea that there are other kinds of intelligence not measured by standard IQ tests.
Being attentive to your emotional state doesn’t make you self-absorbed..
..rather, it can translate into benefits for health and well-being, say those who have picked up the torch for this new movement.
Medical advances in brain imaging also have expanded our understanding of how brain activity relates to our emotions.
“The scientific literature certainly shows a dramatic rise of research into the emotions since the 1990s,” says John Mayer, a personality psychologist at the University of New Hampshire in Durham who was among the first to discuss the existence of an “emotional” intelligence.
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