EQ for Success: Emotional Intelligence (adolescence to adult)
- Entertaining and engaging game that addresses five abilities associated with emotional intelligence
- Helps players learn how to solve interpersonal problems by practicing on real problems
- Suitable for ages 14 through young adult
This is an entertaining and engaging game that addresses five abilities associated with emotional intelligence (see below). There are two versionsone competitive, one cooperativeeach with its own set of rules. In the competitive version, each player is given a card with an image of a brain. Each Brain Card has room for the placement of round tokens. Players answer questions and win tokens, using them to fill in their brain in a way similar to filling in a bingo card. The first player to completely fill in the Brain Card is the winner.
In the cooperative version, players work together to completely fill in two Brain Cards. There are five decks of cards representing the five skills and a sixth deck of Bonus Cards that add to the educational value of the game as well as to its fun and excitement. One type of Bonus Card is the Wise Owl card. When a player picks one of these cards, another player must pose a problem related to EQ, and the player who picked the card gives possible solutions.
1. understand the concept of emotional intelligence and how it can help them manage themselves and their relationships at work, in school, in the community, and at home;
2. become more aware of their own feelings and moods;
3. learn important skills for keeping themselves motivated and goal oriented;
4. improve relationships with peers;
5. improve their ability to feel and show empathy; and
6. learn how to solve interpersonal problems by practicing on real problems during the game.
Playing time: Flexible from 30 minutes to 45 minutes.
Players: 2 to 5, Ages 14 to young adult
ABOUT EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
Emotional intelligence (often abbreviated EI or EQ) is the ability to handle one's own emotions and to read and respond to others' emotions in ways that create positive relationships. Although the concept of emotional intelligence was popularized with the 1995 publication of Daniel Goleman's Emotional Intelligence, it is based on a long history of research and theory in personality and in social and industrial psychology.
Of greatest importance is the fact that there is now an extensive body of research suggesting that the ability to identify and manage one's own emotions as well as those of others is critical for life success. As the pace of change increases, school and work will make greater and greater demands on a person's cognitive, emotional, and physical resources. It will become increasingly important for individuals to develop emotional intelligence in order to cope and be successful.
Mental health professionals agree that emotional intelligence may be a protective/resiliency factor against life stressors as well as depression, anxiety, antisocial behaviors and drug/alcohol dependence. Emotional intelligence encompasses several abilities. It includes these five abilites: Self-awarenessthe ability to recognize one's own emotions, thoughts and values, as well as the ability to recognize their impact on others; Mood managementthe ability to regulate emotions and lessen internal conflict in order to adapt to changing circumstances; Self-motivationthe ability to use emotions to achieve goals; Empathythe ability to read, understand, and respond appropriately to others' emotions; and Relationship skillsthe ability to listen to and support others, to manage conflict, and to communicate and cooperate with others.
Publication Date: May 2012