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Daniel Goleman’s five dimensions of Emotional Intelligence

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Girl at Mirror, Norman Rockwell
1. Self awareness- the ability to recognize and interpret feelings as they are happening and to perform accurate self assessment. This also includes the abili
ty to be at peace with oneself and to have confidence in oneself. This is probably one thing Yorkies have the most of. Unlike at other schools (like Catalina or Monterey High School) students at York know themselves pretty well and are confortable being themselves. Self awareness is being able to not let social norms get in the way of a personal mindset.


2. Self Management/ Self Regulation- the ability to keep disruptive and out of context impulses and emotions in check by exhibiting self control. It also includes the ability to keep standards of things, like honesty and respect. Self management involves the ability for one to take responsibility for one's actions, the ability to adapt to change, and the ability to come up with novel ideas and approaches to situations.


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3. Motivation- the ability to guide and facilitate goals, both long term and short term. It involves a
drive for achievement, the ability to commit and take initiative as well as have a sense of optimism about a goal. This dim
ension is very common to Yorkies, (probably because we sometimes don't have enough of it) but it means setting out deadlines for yourself for the huge research paper or studying a little every day for the SAT. Motivation usually involves doing things we don't want to do, yet doing them anyway.


4. Empathy- the ability to understand others' needs, perspectives, feelings, concerns, and sensing their developmental needs.


5. Social Skills- the ability to give a desirable response in others by effectively using a diplomatic approach to influence them. The ability to openly send and receive convincing messages and effectively communicate. The ability to demonstrate leadership by inspiring and guiding both groups and individuals. The ability to build and nurture lasting bonds and relationships between you and another person. The ability to collaborate and cooperate with others to work toward a shared goal. And also the ability to create a group synergy to pursue a collective goal. A lot of what we do at York is work together, and though our social skills may not necessarily fit in with most of the teenage population, we understand our intermediate community. For example, at break we make announcements to inform those of what's happening and to give them a clear message of coming events. And though we stand up and seem to make the same club announcements every time, we are really taking initiative and showing leadership.


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