What Is Emotional Literacy?
Why is it that some people live positive and resourceful lives during adversity and some people remain negative?
66% Of Children Are Facing Emotional Issues (According To My Recent Survey)
When I recently surveyed parents to ask what challenges their children under 18 were facing at the moment, two thirds of parents said their child had emotional issues, such as anger, sadness, shyness, lacking confidence etc. The other third was split evenly between social (e.g. friendship issues) and behavioural issues (e.g. bullying, physical violence). A quick search on Amazon and Google confirmed this survey result. This just goes to show that learning about our emotions, feelings and Emotional Literacy is a very important subject at this time.
- Having self-awareness and recognition of one’s own feelings and knowing how to manage them, such as the ability to stay calm when angered or to reassure oneself when in doubt.
- It includes empathy, i.e. having sensitivity to the feelings of other people.
- Being emotionally literate means that people are able to employ self-discipline in order to harness their emotions and identify and reach their personal goals.
Emotional Literacy also includes being able to recognise and adapt to the feeling of other people, whilst at the same time, learning how to manage and express one’s own emotions effectively. This is helpful to developing good communication skills and the enhancement of our relationships with other people.
Why Should Children Learn Emotional Literacy?
It is especially important that young children develop Emotional Literacy because they need to have a recognition of their emotions in order to know how to behave, mature and ultimately be happy.