Improving Your Emotional Intelligence

Every sort of intelligence signals an ability to navigate well around a particular set of challenges. When we say that someone is clever but add that they have made a mess of their personal lives, or that they have acquired an astonishing amount of money but are very tricky to work with, we are pointing to a deficit in what we call Emotional Intelligence.

Emotional Intelligence is the quality that enables us to negotiate with patience, insight and temperance, the central problems in our relationships with others and with ourselves. It can manifest in partnerships as a sensitivity to the moods of others, a readiness to grasp what may be going on for them beyond the surface, and to enter imaginatively into their point of view. It shows up in relation to ourselves when it comes to dealing with anger, envy, anxiety and professional confusion. Emotional intelligence is what distinguishes those who are crushed by failure from those who know how to greet the troubles of existence with a melancholic and at points darkly humorous resilience.

This one-day workshop is designed to equip us with the core skills of Emotional Intelligence. We learn:

  • Why our minds have a hard time understanding themselves.
  • How to map and understand our anxieties.
  • How to make sense of the hurts and resentments we carry.
  • How and why we characteristically respond to frustration.
  • How much we like ourselves.
  • How easily we trust others.
  • What our true identities are.

Emotional maturity doesn’t have to remain a vague pipe dream. It is, when we approach it more closely, reached by a number of coherent steps and insights that can move us beyond our habitual state. To develop emotionally involves:

  • Learning to understand and sympathise with ourselves.
  • Taking proper stock of our childhood influences.
  • Communicating our flaws and eccentricities to others in good time.
  • Interpreting others beyond what they have directly said to us.
  • Recognising the hard edges of reality without being destroyed by them.
  • Accepting our needs for consolation and assistance.
  • Achieving a necessary degree of confidence.
  • Being able to detach ourselves from turmoil and take pleasure in local circumstances.
  • Knowing how to fruitfully despair without giving up on existence.

This one-day workshop brings together the best of The School of Life’s Self curriculum into a single high intensity session. You can explore our full curriculum here.

TIMETABLE

9.40am            Tea & welcome
10.00am           Morning Session
1.00pm           Lunch Break (times vary)
2.00pm            Afternoon Session
5.00pm             Workshop Ends

No dates currently scheduled. This workshop will next be programmed in Term 4 (October – December).

Please be aware, Improving Your Emotional Intelligence contains material from the following individual classes: How to Develop Self-Knowledge and How to Be Sociable.

'Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.'
– Carl Sagan

About One Day Workshops

Our intensive workshops provide an opportunity to work with leading members of our faculty over the course of a highly structured session.

Sessions are limited to 23 participants and will be based at The School of Life. Light refreshments, including a copy of the corresponding workshop literature is included in the ticket price.

The School of Life Curriculum has been written, designed and quality assured by The School of Life HQ in London, led by Alain de Botton. Presented as an EQ learning journey, these 12 classes and 4 full-day workshops bring together over 10 years of teaching and continuous improvement of our emotional intelligence curriculum around the world.

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Improving Your Emotional Intelligence

$250

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No dates currently scheduled. This workshop will next be programmed in Term 4 (October – December).

 

TICKETING

Full price: $250.00
Concession: $200.00
(+ $2 booking fee and 1.5% CC fee) 

Ticket price includes refreshments, drinks and a copy of our book Self Knowledge provided on the day.

Valid concession cards include a Health Care Card, Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession Card and current student cards.

Please note that we are unable to offer refunds or transfers with less than 7 days cancellation notice before the original class date.

Please note that our core classes take place upstairs at 370 Bourke St Surry Hills. For mobility access, please contact our box office on 0491 263 041 to discuss arrangements to ensure your access requirements are supported.

For general ticketing and box office enquiries please email sydney@theschooloflife.com.au.