Legal work often involves high personal drama, high financial stakes, high stress, and high emotional labor. Successful performance in the legal arena requires that lawyers cope with those and many other tasks and demands, including practicing law competently. Recent legal commentary* argues that lawyers must also learn about emotional labor, emotion regulation, and emotional intelligence […]
“Sensitive, but not sentimental.” That phrase can aptly describe the emotionally intelligent manager. Recent research suggests that leaders of legal and other organizations can put their fears about ineffective, “too soft” leadership aside. Why?
Research shows that emotionally intelligent managers’ greater sensitivities do not necessarily handicap their effectiveness at making tough decisions and their influence […]
Happy, happy, happy….* Pursuing pleasant emotions and avoiding unpleasant emotions, just like the melody and lyrics of the very popular “happy” song will make you believe, can help us adapt and succeed most of the time. But, optimizing well-being also involves more than just maximizing pleasure. We must optimize our emotional experience.
Thought leaders in […]
Emotion Regulation Ability, Passion and Persistence, Predicting Creativity, and Professional Development
Emotions such as curiosity, frustration, irritation, joy, and excitement drive the creative process. A number of individual difference factors, such as knowledge of domain, quantitative skills, originality, and flexibility, predict creative behavior. Another creativity prediction factor involves personality. Prior research studies have identified a personality disposition called openness to experience as “the personality trait most […]
Why do some lawyers seem overwhelmed and stressed out? Why do some lawyers struggle with feelings of general unpleasantness? Why do some resort to binge drinking or aggression or self-injury? The answers to those questions relate in part to words – the words that we don’t use.
Emotion Differentiation – Fine-Grained Expressions of […]
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