emotional coaching

Mastery in the emotional domain is especially difficult because skills need to be acquired when people are usually least able to take in new information and learn new habits of response – when they are upset. Coaching in these moments helps.

“Anyone, adult or fifth grader, needs some help being a self-observer when they’re so upset,” Jo-An Varga [Self Science teacher] points out. “Your heart is pounding, your hands are sweaty, you’re jittery, and you’re trying to listen clearly while keeping your own self-control to get through it without screaming, blaming or clamming up in defensiveness.”

 – Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence, pg 266

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