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Emotional Intelligence Can Protect You From Shame
Emotional Intelligence Can Protect You From Shame

Emotional Intelligence Can Protect You From Shame

Have you ever seen the phrase “Emotional Intelligence” and wondered what it meant?  “Academic intelligence” means being able to learn and understand academic material like math, science, or languages.  Someone who’s “smart with their hands” has an aptitude for working…

You’re Mad At Me? So, I’ll Get Mad At You: Fighting That Destroys Relationships
You’re Mad At Me?  So, I’ll Get Mad At You:  Fighting That Destroys Relationships

You’re Mad At Me? So, I’ll Get Mad At You: Fighting That Destroys Relationships

My daughter was crying when I picked her up from school.  She was so upset that she could barely speak, sputtering out the details of what happened between sobs.  She’d clearly had some conflict with her friend who circled us,…

Dealing with Cold Pricklies: Don’t let Unpleasant Encounters Get You Down
Dealing with Cold Pricklies: Don’t let Unpleasant Encounters Get You Down

Dealing with Cold Pricklies: Don’t let Unpleasant Encounters Get You Down

I’ve never forgotten a story that was read to my class when I was a kid.  The story was called “The Warm Fuzzy” story.  In “The Warm Fuzzy” I learned that sometimes people could give out “warm fuzzies” which are…

Are you letting your fears and judgments stop you from making friends?
Are you letting your fears and judgments stop you from making friends?

Are you letting your fears and judgments stop you from making friends?

Across the circle we took surreptitious glances at each other.  This was a diverse group of men and women; Caucasian, Asian, Hispanic, gay, straight, shy, extroverted.  Yet, I felt especially different from the man sitting directly across from me. He…