You may have heard about emotional intelligence, but have you really ever paused to think about where you fall on the spectrum, and how it’s influencing your relationships and place in the world?
It actually impacts everything, from our family lives to our leadership abilities and careers. But it’s something we’re never taught in school and often pressured to ignore when it comes to “being professional.” Luckily, emotional intelligence is something we can work on and grow like many other parts of our lives—you probably won’t be surprised that meditation is one way to do just that.
Personally, I have noticed that when I’m staying current with my meditation practice, I’m less easily triggered and more emotionally resilient, which allows me to be more present for my family and my work.
This week on The Doctor’s Farmacy, I had the pleasure of sitting down with my good friend Dan Goleman to talk about cultivating emotional intelligence through meditation, and why it matters more than you might think.
Dan is best known for his worldwide bestseller Emotional Intelligence and most recently co-authored the book Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain and Body. Goleman has been ranked among the 25 most influential business leaders by several business publications including TIME and The Wall Street Journal. Apart from his writing on emotional intelligence, Goleman has written books on topics including self-deception, creativity, transparency, meditation, social and emotional learning, eco-literacy, and the ecological crisis.
Here are more of the details on this week’s episode:
- How Dan’s time in India as a student influenced his thinking on emotional intelligence (2:30)
- Meditation’s proven benefits (7:20)
- Brain scans of advanced meditators (13:50)
- How meditation changes the brain long-term (17:35)
- The four skills of emotional intelligence and three kinds of empathy (21:20)
- What it means to be emotionally intelligent and why it is so valuable in the workplace (23:40)
- The main things Dan has taken from his conversations with the Dalai Lama (27:55)
- Selective transparency in capitalism (36:50)
- Why Dan thinks societal change and transformation will come from younger people (41:35)
- Dan’s Emotional Intelligence Coaching Certification program (47:30)
- Follow him on Facebook @danielgoleman and on Twitter @DanielGolemanEI
I hope you’ll tune in!
Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD