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Developing Emotional Intelligence (Chapter 8)


  • 1. Recommendations on assigned readings

Understanding EI – (p. 315 – 317)

Reducing Stress – (p. 319 – 328)

Creating Flow – (p. 329 – 332)

  • 2. In-class activities & participation

Emotional Intelligence Self-Evaluation

The purpose of this self-evaluation is to measure your tendencies and abilities within various areas of emotional intelligence. The Emotional Intelligence Self-Evaluation measures five areas of emotional intelligence

The Practical EQ Emotional Intelligence Self-Assessment

This self-assessment questionnaire is designed to get you thinking about the various competences of emotional intelligence as they apply to your life. It does not pretend to be a validated psychometric test, and the answers you give might vary depending on your mood when you take it. It is based on the five-competency model of emotional intelligence by Daniel Goleman in the book Emotional Intelligence.

Teambuilding Activities

Have the students participate in 1-2 team building activities.

Make one fairly simple (e.g., human knot)

Make the other one more difficult (helium stick)

  • 1. What were you feeling during the activities?

  • 2. Did you have different emotions in each activity? Which ones? Why?

  • 3. How can recognizing your emotions in group situations assist you in your career, relationships, and life?

Human Knot (maximum time 10 minutes) Supplies needed: none

Instructions: Have the group make a large circle. Have everyone put their left hand in the middle, and hold hands with someone in the circle, not directly next to them. Repeat with the right hand, and be sure to hold hands with a different person, who is not directly next to them. Then the group must use teamwork to unravel themselves into a circle again without coming disconnected. Helpful Hint: To ensure that everyone is in the same circle, send a “pulse.” One person begins by gently squeezing their right hand. The person who is squeezed gently squeezes their opposite hand, which passes the pulse to the next person. Continue until the first person has their second hand squeezed. Variations: This activity works well as a race between several circles in larger groups.

Helium Stick / Levitating Hula Hoop (maximum time 20 minutes)

Supplies needed: Helium stick / hula hoop (Available in the CSA)

Instructions: For this initiative you either need a hula hoop, tent pod, lightweight & thin PVC pipe or helium sticks. Hula hoop variation – have a group of 8-15 students stand shoulder to shoulder in a circle. Have each member place hold out their two pointer fingers (fist facing up, knuckles facing the ground) at least at chest level. Place the hula hoop on top of the group’s fingers and instruct them to lower the hoop to the ground. Everyone’s fingers must be touching the hoop at all times and they may not hook their fingers around the hoop; it should just rest on top of their fingertips. When you place the hoop on top of the group’s fingers press down a little bit. In an effort to lower the hoop the group will likely starting lifting it up first. They must communicate, concentrate, and work together to lower it to the ground. It works similarly with helium sticks, but instead of standing in a circle they make two equal lines facing one another.

Processing Questions:

How does the group deal with frustration? When does the organization “blame” members or groups of member?

  • 3. Assignments (OUT OF CLASS work that meets one of the four types of assignments COM 101 requires)

Build positive relationships with peers, faculty, and staff Interview a faculty of staff member about their skills (experience & education) and how it has assisted them in the challenges of their work?


Explore personal strengths, abilities and interests and how they contribute to your college experience


Any of the assessments can be taken out of class along with a reflection / journal

Learn skills for successfully navigating the college environment


Connect it to the Focus on the Finish Line ( – Self Assessment section.

Your Interests, Your Personality, Your Skills, Your Values

Understanding Emotional Intelligence

Having mental intelligence is all one needs to create great success in college and in life. TRUE/FALSE

Two components of Emotional Intelligence include _______________




Two steps that will assist people to become more attuned to their emotions include





Creating Flow
Creating Flow

When our perceived skill level is high and our perceived challenge level is low, our inner experience is one of _________________________.

When our perceived skill level is low and our perceived challenge level is high, our inner experience is one of _________________________.

When our perceived skill level and our perceived challenge level are about the same, our inner experience is one of _________________________.

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi found that typical working Americans experience the most flow _________________________.

  • A. while watching television

  • B. over the weekend

  • C. away on vacations

  • D. on their jobs