From Adults to Children: Creating a Culture that Nurtures EiQ: Emotional Intelligence Quotient Improvement Workbook

9781484842584: From Adults to Children: Creating a Culture that Nurtures EiQ: Emotional Intelligence Quotient Improvement Workbook

Many experts have argued that there are genetic traits with which children are born, believing that personal character is predetermined. Others have stated that environmental factors are more influential in creating personality. This debate about "nature versus nurture" has finally led to more agreement that both theories play significant roles. Children possess innate traits but their environment and cultural values determine how the brain develops. The brain grows and develops based on experiences. Everyone's unique experiences and innate traits make a person unlike any other. Given that we can only influence environmental factors, it is important for educators and parents to come together to promote emotional intelligence to increase emotional well-being in children. It will not only enhance the child’s ability to function at a higher level but also diminish any potential risks. Our society benefits from having professionals, politicians, scientists, leaders, artists, teachers, parents, and business people with higher emotional intelligence. In today’s global society, it is essential for future leaders to be globally minded, maintain international relationships, and make decisions for the common good. However, the culture of hierarchy, competition, dominance, and self-interest works against emotional intelligence development, as found in Sung’s study. Training and education are needed to help adults learn how to promote emotional intelligence within their environment. As with many aspects of life, it is a delicate balance between the realities of our society and the “perfect world” solutions for our emotional well-being. It is like the argument between nature and nurture itself: a push-pull of interconnected and inseparable aspects. What cannot be doubted based on the findings of Dr. Helen Y. Sung, however, is the fact that increasing emotional intelligence in adult caregivers gives them the tools they need to in turn promote an increase in the children they care for as well. Neither how-to manual nor self-improvement handbook, Dr. Sung’s workbook is a training and education tool that is as informative as it is easy to understand. Requiring facilitation to instigate deeper thinking and self-reflection, it is meant to promote emotional intelligence from a cultural context of the child’s environment. The workbook is divided into three broad sections: Intra-personal intelligence, inter-personal intelligence, and direct coaching. Covering the gamut of emotional terrain to deeply explore your inner self, each section contains explanations and directions that facilitate this deep thinking and then mine it further through the exercises provided. A log to keep track of the gained and applied knowledge is also included. Once completed, the workbook provides the emotional intelligence information needed to prepare caregivers to interact with the children they care for and to promote the same growth within their young charges. Bestowing a high degree of accountability, Dr. Sung presents a tool for all those who care for children and are determined to increase their emotional intelligence. The perfect companion for professional to use with their clients, From Adult to Children: Creating a Culture that Nurtures EiQ—Emotional Intelligence Quotient Workbook improves emotional intelligence in both the caregiver and the children under their care.

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Dr. Helen Y. Sung, whose doctorate work investigated the influence of culture on the development of emotional intelligence and was published in the School Psychologist International Journal in April of 2010, has worked as a psychologist in the public school system for twenty-three years. It is through this professional experience that she has gained insight into family dynamics, children's emotional and behavioral challenges, and interaction patterns. Dr. Sung is also an adjunct professor in the MFT department of the University of San Francisco’s San Jose campus as well as an adjunct professor at Alliant International University’s School and Educational Psychology and their mental health certificate program. She is a founder of Nature ‘N’ Nurture.

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