Emotional Intelligence is becoming a more challenging skill to develop in a world of distraction and instant gratification.
Are younger generations losing their capacity for self-reflection, and the ability to recognize complex emotional states in themselves and others?
Constant input from texts and social media bombards our senses, and unless we have set specific boundaries to protect our personal time, every inch of it is being filled with new sensory input. For teens whose impulse control and sensory filters may not as yet be highly developed, this may be laying the foundation for an entirely different style of relating to others.
People are constantly communicating through facial expression, voice inflections, and body language. Unless teens make the time to identify what they’re feeling, and digest their uncomfortable emotions, these unvoiced emotions will leak out in unconscious ways. Only when they learn to communicate consciously and authentically with the people they care about, can they experience a real connection.
Being able to recognize complex emotional states in themselves and others is the foundation for empathy. Empathic interactions allow a bridge to be built between separate minds, creating an opportunity for unity and understanding. Neural pathways are literally formed in the brain in response to heartfelt shared communications.
Emotional intelligence is essential to repair ruptures in our relationships. Without making time for internal assessment and empathic dialogue, the repair stage will get skipped, with conflicts being swept under the rug – rather than resolved. This repair stage is required for the creation of true intimacy.
With an emphasis on using technology devices to communicate, the development of emotional intelligence may be being overridden by the need to sort through and process large quantities of information. Emotional intelligence and social empathy skills are at the heart of developing and maintaing loving relationships, and I can help your teen to discover the middle ground.
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