Emotional Intelligence

EQ consists of 3 core principles

 
 
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Recognition

Our capacity to recognize emotional states within ourselves and others is fundament to the navigation of interpersonal relationships. This may seem obvious. We may believe we are already quite adept at it but it is often a more difficult endeavor than it appears. So much of our cognitions, emotions, idiosyncratic patterns, and spiritual states exist on an unconscious level. Our work together in sessions will be to uncover our unconscious truths with as much accuracy and compassion as possible.  

 
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Realization

Becoming conscious beings will likely involve an exploration of what lies at the root of how we exist in the world. We may see ourselves as lone trees but under the earth lies a beautifully complex web of historical roots. A tapestry woven not only of our own roots but those of our ancestors, parents, communities, and loved ones. They have been weaving since our birth. Our behaviors, thoughts, emotions all contain deep memory, deep wounds, deep joy, rooted in experiences from our past. 

 
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Regulation

This refers to our capacity to self-soothe. As children we quickly learn what happens when we express distress. Sometimes we are soothed, sometimes not at all, and other times a confusing mix of both. As we grow, we are sometimes confronted with the realization that we actually do not have the skills to learn how to soothe ourselves in kind and loving ways, especially when those around us aren't able to help us through dysregulating life experiences. Emotion regulation is not a suppression of feelings but rather an honoring of our own emotions as well as the emotions of others.