Emotional Literacy

Emotional intelligence is not merely about controlling emotional responses for one's own benefit an.; that of others. It is also about using emotion where suitable. Emotion is, after all, at the heart of tha: sincerity which reassures, persuades and affords confidence; emotion triggers flight or fight, sometime-appropriately; emotion is necessary if we are to cope, for example, with bereavement; emotion can lie a: the source of our greatest joys. The emotionally intelligent are like parents to their emotion? acknowledging their needs, loving them, indulging them where appropriate, encouraging their creativir yet restraining them from foolish, destructive or discourteous behavior. To extend the metaphor, the emotionally intelligent are neither of the school which believes that emotions should be repressed - "seen but not heard," nor of that which would allow the little darlings to "express themselves freely to the discomfort or dismay of others. Emotional literacy with regard to others can only be learne.: by reference to the ABC of one's own emotions. If, therefore, you are not at ease with your owr emotions, you will find it hard to relate to others and to respond appropriately to them.

Are you Emotionally Literate? Choose the answers that come closest to your own emotional response. The results are only as accurate as the honesty of your responses. Remember, there are no right or wrong answers.

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1. What is your age?
Under 18 Years Old
18 to 24 Years Old
25 to 30 Years Old
31 to 40 Years Old
41 to 50 Years Old
51 to 60 Years Old
Over 60 Years Old
2. What is your gender?
3. Your child, in direct contravention to your orders, runs into the busy road. You pull him/her back and:
smack or shake him/her
master your emotions and explain why this was not a good idea
master your emotions and resolve upon subsequent punishment
4. You then:
tell the child off and threaten him/her with dire punishment
apologize and explain that mommy/daddy was frightened
burst into tears
5. It annoys you to
) have to make the most of your physical attributes at work
see others making the most of their physical attributes at work
see others unkempt or sloppily dressed at work
6. You are infuriated with your partner. Do you
refuse to speak for days?
swear, and go for a walk?
plot revenge?
7. Your parent/parent-in-law is nagging, sarcastic and interfering. Your principal feeling is
8. Grief is
a necessary and salutary process
something which time will heal
a blight on your life
9. Does worry serve a purpose?
10. You are outraged by a newspaper story. Do you
rant at your friends/family?
write a letter to the newspaper?
become depressed?
11. Is your anger
a spur to change?
a spur to hurt or destroy things?
destructive of yourself ?
12. Time is, above all
the great healer
the great destroyer
to be ignored or vanquished
13. A violent crime is, to you
a reflection of a general trend in society
an isolated, tragic case from which we can draw a lesson
an outrage about which something should be done
14. You like music to be, primarily:
deeply moving

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