Emotional Literacy is the ability to recognize, understand, and appropriately express our emotions
It’s the first step towards Emotional Intelligence, sometimes referred to as “EQ.” When you raise your child’s EQ, they become well adjusted, self confident, empathetic, and emotionally balanced individuals, equipped with the skills needed to make informed decisions throughout the rest of their lives and careers.
Becoming emotionally literate is learning the alphabet, grammar, and vocabulary of your emotional life. In a world where academic literacy is increasingly the norm and others are expected (i.e. technological and computer literacies), emotional literacy must become commonplace in order for human beings to grow, evolve, and face the challenges of the future.
As we evolve and our cultures change, new forms of literacy are required to give us the proper tools to deal with a broad and ever-changing spectrum of issues.
Emotions are an integral part of human nature. Through them we respond to life in many different ways, such as with anger, happiness, fear, love, and loneliness. Emotions influence our thoughts and actions, they affect our bodies; and they impact our relationships. They are not enemies to be rebuffed, repressed, or rejected but rather allies to be honored, understood, and directed. Ignored, they become willful tyrants. Respected, they are our cherished helpers.
A major contributing factor to many of the problems in modern society is lack of awareness in most people of the vital role played by emotions. Emotional Literacy is a positive preventive tool, which properly understood, can assist society in solving many of its ills. It is the antidote to violence, illness, drug abuse, dysfunctional relationships, and global societal conflicts.
Emotional Literacy is universally relevant. It can benefit every individual, every organization, and every profession. It has the capacity to transform each person and their relationships.
Emotional Literacy is a profound and beautiful language available to everyone that can be implemented rapidly, safely, and with lasting effect. Learning how to become emotionally literate is one of the best investments that human beings can make for themselves, their children, and the future.
Emotional Literacy is a key to taking advantage of all possibilities. It is basic to joy and enthusiasm for life and fundamental to your ability to love others.