15 Enlightening TED Talks on Emotional Intelligence

Enlightening TED Talks on Emotional Intelligence

TED Talk 4. How to practice Emotional Hygiene | Dr. Guy Winch

Dr. Guy Winch talks about the importance of intentional practices to maintain emotional hygiene. Just as one’s physical self is susceptible to injuries that can cause much pain, so is the psychological self. These injuries may include failure, rejection, and loneliness. It is everyone’s responsibility to practice emotional hygiene in order to counter psychological damage to stop emotional bleeding. 

The fact that loneliness and other such psychological injuries increase mortality rates should encourage us to practice good emotional hygiene. Dr. Winch suggests that by creating an emotional first aid kit, people can improve their overall well-being by overriding their negative emotions. We go through a lot of emotional injuries, some that we’ve become so used to that we are simply unaware of.

For emotional injuries like these, we must apply the right Band-Aid from our emotional first aid kit and maintain sensible emotional hygiene. 

Practicing emotional hygiene is just as important as brushing your teeth. It must be practiced on a daily basis to overcome habits like rumination and negative self-talk. For the all-around well-being of a person, maintaining good emotional hygiene is an essential part of our everyday lives in order to strengthen one’s emotional intelligence. 

Check out the video here: How to practice Emotional Hygiene.


TED Talk 5. Emotional Mastery: The Gifted Wisdom of Unpleasant Feelings | Dr. Joan Rosenberg 

Dr. Joan Rosenberg discusses the science of emotions and the impact of ‘gut punches’ on our capabilities in life. She says that if we can experience and move through eight unpleasant feelings, we can do anything we want in life. Her formula she calls the ‘Rosenberg Reset’ is a method that everyone must apply in their daily lives. It improves self-confidence by responding to unpleasant feelings with intention, patience, and choice which can shift one’s emotional well-being in a day. 

The Rosenberg Reset 

1 choice – 8 unpleasant feelings – 90 seconds .

The choice is to stay present in the unpleasant situation, instead of trying to numb or push the emotion aside. 

The 8 unpleasant feelings are sadness, shame, helplessness, anger, vulnerability, embarrassment, disappointment, and frustration. 

The 90 seconds is the time frame within which it takes neuro-chemicals to “rush and flush” as a physical experience in the body. 

Instead of framing these undesirable feelings in the category of ‘bad’ or ‘negative’, a subtle change in the title to unpleasant can re-frame the whole experience as navigable and temporary. Rather than treating these emotions as a fragile and breakable experience, we can change them to empowered patience. The formula is like the granted resilience that is attained after an inoculating shot. 

Check out the video here: Emotional Mastery: The Gifted Wisdom of Unpleasant Feelings


TED Talk 6. The Power of Emotional Intelligence | Travis Bradberry

In this TED Talk, Travis Bradberry speaks on the importance of developing emotional intelligence. He explains the nature of emotions and how they affect and work in the brain. He discusses the difference between Emotional Quotient (E.Q) and Intelligence Quotient (IQ) along with the difference between E.Q and personality. 

Bradberry mentions the three ‘silver bullets’ for enhancing Emotional Intelligence. His strategy of countering stress with an attitude of gratitude is explored. He stresses the importance of maintaining a good sleep schedule in order to boost Emotional Intelligence and the importance of reducing caffeine intake.  

Check out the video here: The Power of Emotional Intelligence

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TED Talk 7. 6 Steps to Improve Your Emotional Intelligence | Ramona Hacker

Ramona Hacker provides us six steps to improve our emotional intelligence in this Ted Talk. She reflects on how she overcame a major emotional burnout for herself. The six steps to improve emotional intelligence according to her are as follows: 

1.Build awareness to a level of unconscious competence.

2. Differentiate and analyze emotions.

3.Accept and appreciate emotions as signals. 

4. Reflect and find the origin. 

5. Handle the emotions. 

6.Then handle the emotions of others.  

Check out the video here: 6 Steps to Improve Your Emotional Intelligence

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