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Emotional Literacy Education Course 101
What Is Emotional Literacy Education?
Lecture from Lesson 1: What Is Emotional Literacy?
by Mark Zimmerman

Describing Emotional Intelligence by defining Emotional Literacy Education in Course 101.

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001 Commentary On Susie Orbach #1 11:48 Download 1,445 KB
002 Commentary On Claude Steiner #1 16:57 Download 2,080 KB
003 Commentary On Dictionary Definitions 9:43 Download 1,191 KB
004 Commentary On Claude Steiner #2 4:55 Download 603 KB
005 Commentary On Susie Orbach #2 3:35 Download 438 KB
006 Commentary On Peter Sharp 7:04 Download 866 KB
007 Commentary On Asuman Martone 4:55 Download 601 KB
008 Commentary On Paula Cole 2:59 Download 366 KB
009 Commentary On Mark Zimmerman 21:04 Download 2,576 KB

Reference Files: quotes used in lesson 1. All other quotes referenced within each audio track.

010 Susie Orbach Quotes 1:41 Download 205 KB
011 Claude Steiner Quotes 2:22 Download 288 KB
012 Dictionary Quotes 1:38 Download 199 KB
013 Peter Sharp Quotes 0:49 Download 98 KB
014 Asuman Martone Quotes 0:27 Download 53 KB
015 Paula Cole Quotes 0:38 Download 76 KB
016 Mark Zimmerman Quotes 2:27 Download 305 KB
Total Time: 93:02    

The Subjects in Lesson One Are:
Abraham Maslow, anger, Antidote Website, Asuman Martone, awareness, behave, behavior, being informed by our emotions, Claude Steiner, community, compassion, conscious thoughts, consciousness, cooperation over competition, definition emotional intelligence, definition emotional literacy, describing emotional intelligence by defining Emotional Literacy, description of emotional intelligence, desire, development of skills, dynamics of emotions in relationships, dynamics of relationships, education and culture, education in need fulfillment skills, emotional expression, emotional expressions of warmth and caring and understanding, emotional happiness, emotional literacy training, emotional values, Emotional Literacy Intelligence with Heart, Emotional Literacy Language, Emotional Literacy Objectives, Emotional Literacy Vocabulary, Emotional skills, emotionally literate culture, emotions, empathy, express your feelings, fear, feelings, forgiveness, fourth 'R' relationships, frustration, fulfilling our needs, functional and dysfunctional emotions, goal of happiness, guilt, handling emotions, hate, holistic educational process, how emotions affect others, Howard Hughes, human development, human health, human potential, imagination, intellect, interdependency, joy, language of emotions, learning about emotions, loving relationships, making decisions, managing our emotions, Mark Zimmerman, mental functions, mental health, need fulfillment, need to know ourselves, needs are our motivations, neurosis, new emotional responses, Nurturing Emotional Literacy, pain, pathos, pathy, Paula Cole, Peter Sharp, pleasure, psychologically healthy, psychology of being, psychology of pathology, psychopathology, rational skills, recognize our feelings, recognizing what you are feeling, relationships, satisfaction, self-knowledge, sharing the feelings of another, Sigmund Freud, skills, social context, social convention, social instincts, social responsibility, social skills, society, Susie Orbach, sympathy, The Ladder, think, thoughts, thwarted needs, tranquility, transactional analysis, unconscious feelings, understanding emotions, understanding relationships, understanding suffering, war, Where do we come from?, Who are we?, Why are we here?

Tracks 1, 5 and 10: An introductory lecture to Emotional Literacy Education with commentaries by Mark Zimmerman on Psychologist Susie Orbach's quotes, "Emotional Literacy means being able to recognize what you are feeling, so that it doesn't interfere with thinking. It becomes another dimension to draw upon when making decisions or encountering situations. Emotional expression by contrast can mean being driven by emotions, so that it isn't possible to think. These two things are often confused, because we are still uncomfortable with the idea of the validity of feelings." From The Guardian on August 12th, 1998.

At the Antidote Website Emotional Literacy is defined as, "Emotional Literacy is the practice of engaging with others in a way which facilitates understanding of our own and others' emotions. Then using this understanding to inform our actions."

At the Antidote Website Susie Orbach wrote, "Our aim is to create an Emotionally Literate Culture, where the facility to handle the complexities of emotional life is as widespread as the capacity to read, write and do arithmetic."

Tracks 2, 4 and 11: An introductory lecture to Emotional Literacy Education with commentaries by Mark Zimmerman on Psychologist Claude Steiner's quotes, "To be Emotionally Literate is to be able to handle emotions in a way that improves your personal power, and improves the quality of life for you, and equally important, the quality of life for the people around you.

"Emotional Literacy helps your emotions to work for you instead of against you. It improves relationships, creates loving possibilities between people, makes cooperative work possible, and facilitates the feeling of community.

"But Emotional Literacy is not a mere unleashing of the emotions - it is also learning to understand, manage and control them.

"Being Emotionally Literate means that you know what emotions you and others have, how strong they are, and what causes them.

"Being Emotionally Literate means that you know how to manage your emotions, because you understand them.

"With Emotional Literacy training, you will learn how to express your feelings, when and where to express them, and how they affect others.

"You will also develop empathy and will learn to take responsibility for the way your emotions affect others. Through this training, you will become an emotional gourmand - aware of the texture, flavor, and aftertaste of your emotions. You will learn how to let your rational skills work hand-in-hand with your emotional skills, adding to your ability to relate to other people. Hence, you will become better at everything you do with others: parenting, partnering, working, playing, teaching, and loving." From Claude Steiner's book, Emotional Literacy Intelligence with Heart.

Tracks 3 and 12: An introductory lecture to Emotional Literacy Education with commentaries by Mark Zimmerman on The American Heritage Dictionary, Third Edition, definitions for empathy, pathy, pathos and sympathy.

Tracks 6 and 13: An introductory lecture to Emotional Literacy Education with commentaries by Mark Zimmerman on Psychologist Peter Sharp's quotes, "Nurturing Emotional Literacy helps people to recognize, understand, handle and appropriately express their emotions. How we manage our emotions, and the positive impact that Emotional Literacy can have on improving standards in schools has been overshadowed recently by the attention given to the three R's. This handbook seeks to redress this, and looks at the importance of the fourth 'R' - Relationships." From Nurturing Emotional Literacy.

Tracks 7 and 14: An introductory lecture to Emotional Literacy Education with commentaries by Mark Zimmerman on Psychologist Asuman Martone's  quote, "Emotional Literacy is the recognition and consequent development of skills and abilities to deal with our many powerful forces. We must learn about our emotions before we can climb to the next level of development."

Tracks 8 and 15: An introductory lecture to Emotional Literacy Education with commentaries by Mark Zimmerman on Singer/Songwriter Paula Cole's quotes from, The Ladder:

"I am climbing a ladder of urgency.

"Climbing a ladder of hope.

"Climbing a ladder of my emotions.

"Climbing a ladder of unraveling rope.

"I am only one thing.

"One thing I see.

"One thing I feel.

"I am the ladder."

Tracks 9 and 16: An introductory lecture to Emotional Literacy Education with commentaries by Mark Zimmerman on Mark Zimmerman's quotes from emotionalliteracyeducation.com:

"Emotional Literacy Education is the refinement of a knowledge base that has been around for thousands of years. It has been the focus of religion, philosophy, science and psychology. It is Self-Knowledge which has been formulated into a language of emotions which can be taught.

"The fundamental principle of Emotional Literacy Education is the need for the individual to understand him or herself and others. The current educational system is based upon the recognition of the need for the individuals to learn how to read, write and do arithmetic. These skills are taught for the economic benefit of the child. Happiness is an emotional state as well as an economic state. What we, as adults, were not taught in school, is how to achieve happiness.

"Emotional Literacy Education is based upon an Emotional Literacy Vocabulary. It is a means by which language is used to introduce a student to his or her own emotional values. Emotional Literacy Vocabulary permeates nearly all literature. In what we write is how we feel, think, desire and behave. From this vocabulary a structured language will be taught which relates to the content of our human selves. When we study ourselves, new choices in our feelings, thoughts and behaviors are made available to us.

"What are the features of an Emotional Literacy Education system? reference material, the Emotional Literacy Language, a curriculum, teaching materials, activities, and the achievement of Emotional Literacy Objectives."

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