A lot of people have a hard time putting their feelings into words and identifying what emotions they are feeling. This is called a Feel Wheel. It can help you get to the core emotion you are experiencing and help you name each feeling when you’re overwhelmed with many emotions. This Feeling Wheel Tool assumes that humans only experience six distinct emotions (the ones in the center). When we feel frustrated, for example, the core emotion is really anger. Most people that use this tool have found it to be useful for helping them gain a vocabulary to describe their feelings and make some connections that they wouldn’t otherwise make. It helps start a conversation about emotions.
is the ability to be aware of, manage and express one’s emotions, as well as the ability to perceive, understand, interpret and respond to the emotions of others.
is how fast we rebound from adversity and how we handle stress, setbacks, change, and struggle. I’d say these skills are essential for anyone working anywhere in the education world these days.
Here’s a really important thing to know: Emotional intelligence and emotional resilience can be learned and strengthened.
Maybe it’s obvious to you why we’d want to spend time working on these areas that perhaps traditionally are not addressed in professional development for educators, but here are the top reasons why all educational organizations need to incorporate EQ training:
1. People with higher EQ and resilience are more likely to be happier and more physically healthy–which means they don’t miss as many days of work, are easier to be around, are more creative and generative, and are more likely to take risks.
2. People with higher EQ and resilience perform at higher levels.
3. Low emotional resilience correlates to higher absenteeism and teacher and leader turn over.
4. Amongst staffs where there is a preponderance of low emotional intelligence/low resilience, change efforts are less likely to be successful and sustainable.
That’s what the research says about emotional intelligence/resilience and work–but it also just makes sense.
In recent years, there’s been an increased attention on the Social Emotional Learning needs of children--but not around those same needs for adults. Yes, it would have been nice if we’d all learned this as children, but most of us didn’t.
Here is another simpler format: WHEEL OF EMOTIONS
Click Here to see another colorful version of the Feeling Wheel at the top of this page
Click Here for my post containing many FREE printable Feeling Charts.
Click Here for my post containing many FREE Emotion Cards.
Feeling Wheel Tool: A lot of people have a hard time putting their feelings into words and identifying what emotions they are feeling. This is called a feeling wheel. It can help you get to the core emotion you are experiencing and help you name each feeling when you’re overwhelmed with many emotions.