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Emotional Intelligence

Coming Summer 2024 - Learn to recognize, understand, and manage your emotions. Designed by child psychologist Ronald Crouch, Ph.D. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Help your little one learn all about their emotions with a fun, interactive course on emotional intelligence.

Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and manage emotions effectively. It is a skill everyone needs. The earlier you learn it, the easier it is.

This course includes six interactive lessons:

  1. What are emotions?
  2. Why are emotions important?
  3. The different kinds of emotions
  4. Why am I feeling that?
  5. Using the feeling thermometer
  6. The chill skills: how to calm down when I need to

Your child's guide is Pixel, a cute emoji who will teach your kids all about their emotions. With fun characters, video demonstrations of the skills in the course, and engaging activities, young children will be excited to learn about their feelings.

This course was designed by child psychologist Ronald Crouch, Ph.D., and narrated by his son, Denali.

What is emotional intelligence?

Emotional Intelligence is the ability to understand and manage emotions in ourselves and others. It encompasses a range of skills that can be learned and developed.

Why is emotional intelligence important for children?

It is sometimes difficult for adults to remember what it was like when they didn't know the names for their feelings or what to do about them. We forget that it was a skill that we had to learn. For young children, emotions can be so confusing, and simply learning what they are called and what can be done to calm down is a big step forward for a little kid. Children who learn the skills for EQ can feel like they have a brand new superpower! When they get angry they can calm down. When they feel sad they can do something about it. And when they see strong emotions in others they can recognize what they are and help. In the long run, when young children learn EQ skills early in life they find the skills easy to use and can manage their emotions in a smart way all throughout their adolescence and adulthood. It is a priceless gift to give to a child.

At what age can children start learning about emotional intelligence?

Children can begin learning about emotions as soon as they can talk. When they are angry, teaching them the word for their feeling is the beginning of developing emotional intelligence. As they grow out of the toddler years and are better able to learn through reading and writing, the development of EQ skills can become more focused and deliberate, with courses on EQ and curriculum designed to help children identify and manage their emotions effectively.

Why is an emotional intelligence course on a critical thinking website?

Emotional intelligence is an important part of critical thinking because understanding the reasons for our feelings, as well as having the skills to manage them, can help us to think more clearly.

Is emotional intelligence empathy?

Empathy is one of two core features of EQ along with insight. The first core feature is the ability to identify and manage your own emotions, that requires insight, or the ability to "see" within yourself. The second is the ability to identify and manage emotions in others, and that is where empathy comes in. Empathy is insight into others. It is the ability to take on another's perspective. This course teaches children about insight.

About the creators

Ronald Crouch, Ph.D., is a child psychologist and the author of this course. His son, Denali, is the voice of Pixel. Together, they authored the Pixel's Big Book Series, a collection of books that teach kids about their feelings and how to manage them using evidence-based CBT tools.