Why is it important to have "emotional literacy" in communication and how does one improve their own "emotional literacy"?
Does everyone have emotional literacy?
I have recently been inspired by a persons' comment on Ted to initiate dialogue about "emotional literacy" in communication.
I personally have been plagued with a streak of misfortune when it comes to reading the emotions, intentions, and meanings of others during simple conversations. I view this as 'small talk', but I wish I could comprehend others who excel at this. I feel better equipped when it comes to talking about deep issues of larger proportions, but the small one on one interactions, I have been encountering, have lacked a lot of comprehension on my part. I have had difficulty connecting emotionally with the people around me. I constantly feel like an outcast, but it doesn't seem like I'm an outcast when I'm analyzing the situation from a third person point of view. I find that I never grew up with a high emotional intelligence, as in my ability to handle emotional situations, have gotten the better of me. I feel as though my experience with other people have been difficult because of my years of living in a shell, until 4-5 years prior. I didn't get much help from my family either.
I hope to improve my "people skills" through opening this dialogue. Are people born with a set level of emotional literacy or is it a scaffold that needs to continuously be built upon?
The bombardment of information is difficult to handle sometimes. I want to shut the world out at times. Paranoia riddles me from my experiences and my environment. Empathy causes me to feel others pains and joys. I want to develop a deeper understanding of these and other components that affect me.
"Life is like one big free write, and constant revision is needed."
Let's develop a template for the revision and pass it on.
Each Tedx 'below', represents a part of my life that has been affected.
Chris Anderson represents my Ted experience, and the rest is up for interpretation.
Thank you for reading my thoughts, and please leave a comment below. =)