15 Enlightening TED Talks on Emotional Intelligence

Enlightening TED Talks on Emotional Intelligence

Ever since their launch in 1984, TED Talks have offered the world inspirational, informational, and influential speeches. These talks have been given by people from different walks of life on subjects ranging from education and business to creativity and culture.

Emotional Intelligence is one of the many topics that have been talked about and it goes to show how crucial it is in this day and age for leaders of all backgrounds to master this trait.

“As more and more artificial intelligence is entering into the world, more and more emotional intelligence must enter into leadership.” ― Amit Ray 

Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and manage your own emotions, and those of the people around you. People with a high degree of emotional intelligence know what they’re feeling, what their emotions mean, and how these emotions can affect other people. 

Emotional intelligence is generally said to include at least three skills:

1. Emotional awareness, or the ability to identify and name one’s own emotions;

2. The ability to harness those emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem solving;

3. And the ability to manage emotions, which includes both regulating one’s own emotions when necessary and helping others to do the same.   

Read How to Release Painful Emotions Trapped in Your Body

Here are 15 Enlightening TED Talks on Emotional Intelligence: 

TED Talk 1. Connection Through Compassion | Daniel Goleman

Author of the book Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman talks on the topic of compassion in his 2007 Ted Talk. He mentions the spectrum from self-absorption to compassionate altruism that exists and is exhibited in one’s behavior. 

His message on how an empathetic response to others and how it changes their reaction to them is indeed very eye-opening. He came to understand through his ‘awakening’ into ‘the human moment’ that people are so caught up in this ‘urban trance’ of all the hustle and bustle of modern life that it has left everyone with less compassion and consideration for one another. He states that there is no correlation between IQ and emotional empathy. 

Dr. Goleman reminds us that compassionate decisions can be made on a daily basis. He emphasizes the need for compassionate decisions and the positive changes it is capable of making in our world. Compassion is a strong factor of emotional intelligence we can apply in order to lead and understand people because when compassion leads, change is made. 

Check out the video here: Connection Through Compassion


TED Talk 2. The Art of Managing Emotions | Daniel Goleman

In this TED Talk, Daniel Goleman speaks on how we can build emotional intelligence in a workplace environment. He mentions the need for leaders to use strategies to enable a state of flow among co-workers in order to enhance productivity within the workplace. The role of a leader is taking responsibility in the emotional landscape of a company and the intentional use of mirror neurons from the social brain is explained in his speech. 

The following points state the ways through which leaders can support their workers to reach a state of flow: 

  • Setting clear goals and having flexibility in their attainment. 
  • Giving immediate feedback on how progress toward the set goals are made. 
  • Challenging and growing skill-sets in workers. 
  • Matching workers’ ability with required tasks, to improve engagement. 

Learn more about Daniel Goleman and his studies on emotional intelligence on his official website.

Check out the video here: The Art of Managing Emotions


TED Talk 3. You Aren’t at the Mercy of Your Emotions – Your Brain Creates Them | Lisa Feldman Barett

This talk by Lisa Feldman Barrett is based on neuroscience research conducted by her and her colleagues. Great insight into the architecture of the experience of human emotions was given to the neuro-scientists and psychologists by the meta-analysis of emotions research (Lindquist et al. 2012).

Barrett sheds light upon the empowering nature of the science of emotions. She explains that the brain constructs predictions as a way of reacting to physical experiences. This implies that emotions are mere guesses or predictions that are most similar to other life experiences. These experiences are developed through time but human beings are born with a physical barometer for basic sensations like calm, agitation, and comfort vs. discomfort. 

She explains how it is everyone’s responsibility to understand our emotional behavior since it is not universally experienced. It is our responsibility to improve our emotional landscape when we misbehave.  

Check out the video here: You Aren’t at the Mercy of Your Emotions – Your Brain Creates Them

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1 thought on “15 Enlightening TED Talks on Emotional Intelligence”

  1. I am becoming more skillful in recognizing my emotions and using facts to debunk them as they start causing me fear, anxiety and anger where there is no basis for them. I have to thank everyone who presented these materials. I am grateful for some relief and continue to have mindful intelligence. Thank you

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