Chapter 3

Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness

Abstract

Emotional awareness is the conscious ability to sense, perceive, identify, label with words, and make sense of one's range of emotional states and experiences both alone and with others. Primary or basic emotions include happiness, sadness, anger, fear, surprise, contempt, disgust, and anticipation/hope. With maturity, emotional awareness becomes emotional literacy, refined emotional awareness, and cognitive proficiency. Empathy and wide-ranging perspective-taking principally characterize this assimilation with a flexible range of emotions maintaining stability and resilience daily and when challenged. Emotional processing is a series of steps beginning with a trigger of arousal ...

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