Here's a little taster for this blog - remember to express your feelings without judging, attributing, or blaming by starting the sentence with "I feel...". It is surprising how many people would prefer to have root canal than to utter the simple words "I feel". Sources: 'Difficult conversations: How to discuss what matters most' by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton and Sheila Heen (of the Harvard Negotiation Project).
Although the term Emotional IQ was coined in 1990, emotions have been in and out of vogue throughout history. We are not only “rational” creatures, as Aristotle famously defined us, but we also have emotions. We live our lives through our emotions, and it is our emotions that give our lives meaning. What interests or fascinates us, who we love, what angers us, what moves us, what bores us—those are the things that define us, that give us our character, that constitute our “se