Emotional intelligence is the ability to handle one’s own emotions and to read and respond to others’ emotions in ways that create positive relationships. Interestingly, research tells us that emotional intelligence may have more to do with life success than cognitive intelligence or academic performance.
Mental health professionals agree that it is a protective/resiliency factor against depression, anxiety, anti-social behaviors and drug/alcohol dependence. Although some children seem naturally adept at handling their emotions and getting along with others, others need to develop these skills!
This entertaining and engaging game reflects the five areas of emotional intelligence:
- Self-awareness – the ability to recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts and values, as well as the ability to recognize the impact of those emotions, thoughts and values
- Mood management – the ability to regulate emotions and lessen internal conflict in order to adapt to changing circumstances
- Self-motivation – the ability to utilize emotions to achieve goals
- Empathy – the ability to read, understand, and respond appropriately to others’ emotions
- Relationship skills – the ability to listen to and support others, to manage conflict, and to communicate and cooperate with others
The game utilizes the techniques of both CBT (cognitive behavior therapy) and social learning theory to help the players build their emotional intelligence.