EQ Exercises

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The initial lessons in this collection are from Self-Science (click for more), the emotional intelligence curriculum Daniel Goleman paises as "a harbinger" and a "model" for EQ teaching. Read this introduction, and also these tips on teaching Self-Science lessons. Please contribute excellent lessons and activities to this archive.

EQ Exercises:

Empty Your Wallet, Pockets or Purse This exercise is focusing on helping the participant to explore herself by telling stories of her personal belongings. As her friends listens there is a good opportunity to get feedback on behavioural patterns. By thinking of the desired stories of the things in five years, dreaming and visualization is encouraged.
Naming Feelings This exercise is supporting the participant's development of a vocabulary for feelings a support that especially boys need. It also introduce the participants to the fact that you can change your own feelings if you wish.
Watch Your Words By really understanding the impact of our words we are able to choose how we interact with others. This exercise also lets the participants think about the important cost/benefit-principle as well as considering which ground rules that ought to be present in the group.
Trust Thermometer This time the group is as much in focus as the individual: the level of trust is discussed as well as why some people trust whilst others don't. Due to the serious topic this exercise demands a group with at least the most basic trust between its members
Sharpening Observation "What have you been doing the last five minutes?" With simple questions like that this exercise tries to improve the participants observation skill and thereby their self-awareness. It also brings up the issue of learning from oneself. In the Non-verbal Gossip Experiment the participants are told to spread a rumour – without words! They will surely learn a lot about emotional body language as well as perception and attendance.
Celebrate New Goals Inspired by the world's great men and women, the participants are asked to discuss setting goals and how to achieve them. The are also introduced to the important question whether change comes from inside out or outside in, and who's responsible for it to happen.