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5 Inspiring TED Talks that will boost your Emotional Intelligence

Updated: Aug 21, 2021

Emotional Intelligence is a key skill that contributes to our life and professional success. Here are 5 inspiring TED talks that will help you to boost several Emotional Intelligence skills.

1.) Daniel Goleman: Why aren’t we all Good Samaritans?

In his speech, psychologist Daniel Goleman examines why we aren’t more compassionate more of the time. He provides some inspirational stories and studies for how we might all work towards being good samaritans and reminds us that every simple act of noticing counts.


2.) Guy Winch: How to Practice Emotional First Aid

How is it we spend more time each day taking care of our teeth than our minds?

In his TED Talk, Psychologist Guy Winch points out the importance of maintaining our emotional health. As he mentions, currently, our general neglect of our emotional hygiene is profound.

By following a few simple habits when we are lonely, changing our response to failure, protecting our self-esteem, and battling negative thinking, we won’t just heal our psychological wounds, but we will also build emotional resilience; we will thrive!


3.) Kelly McGonigal: How To Make Stress Your Friend

In her honest talk, psychologist Kelly McGonigal reveals that you should change your thinking about stress. As how we think about stress really matters!

She explains that when we view our stress response as helpful (instead of viewing stress as the enemy), we can change our body’s response to stress.

She also believes that we should seek social contact and support during stressful periods to boost our oxytocin levels. As oxytocin is a natural anti-inflammatory, it allows blood vessels to stay relaxed under stress.


4.) Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability

In her powerful talk, Brene Brown presents her studies on vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame. She starts by saying that connection (our ability to feel connected) is why we are here and gives our purpose and meaning to our lives.

She also shares, what people who have a strong sense of worthiness have in common: they all have the courage to be imperfect, the compassion to be kind to themselves and to others, the connection as a result of authenticity, and they fully embrace their vulnerability and believe, that what makes them vulnerable, also makes them beautiful.

She encourages us to let our vulnerability be seen, love with our whole hearts, practice gratitude lean into joy and believe that we are enough!


5.) Ivan Joseph: The Skill of Self-Confidence

In his talk, Dr. Joseph explores self-confidence. He believes self-confidence is a skill, and he shows a couple of ways it can be trained through repetition, stopping negative self-talk and acknowledging the good. He also reminds us of the importance of positive self-affirmations and that our thoughts influence our actions.


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