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The Power of Emotional Intelligence | Travis Bradberry | TEDxUCIrvine

September 12, 2019

Translator: Tanya Cushman
Reviewer: Cristina Bufi-Pöcksteiner Well, I’m really excited to be here today to introduce you to a skill
that can change the way you see yourself, it can change the way you see the world
around you and everyone around you, and it can absolutely change the way you go about reaching
your goals in life or pursuing your goals. And emotional intelligence
is an absolutely critical skill because we have more than 400
emotional experiences every single day. Whether you’re aware
of these experiences or not, they can really drive the bus
if you let them do that, and emotional intelligence is
your ability to understand your emotions and to respond to them effectively
to produce the behavior that you want. Now, to help you understand how emotional intelligence
operates in the brain, I need to introduce you
to a guy named Phineas Gage. It’s going to be a bit
of a challenge with this mike. Phineas was a guy who was building
the Burlington Railroad in Vermont in the 1840s. And he was not just any railroad foreman, he was considered to be
the most capable foreman in the business. Phineas was very intelligent. He knew how to cut
through the rocky terrain to lay the tracks on time, but he also had that extra something
that made people want to work for him. He was polite, he was calm
and cool under pressure and he was great with people. Well, on this one day in particular, Phineas, being the hands-on
manager that he was, was working with an item
called a tamping iron, about the length of this cane
that I’m holding here, made out of really dense metal
like a crow bar. And what Phineas would do – The way they’d use the tamping iron
is they’d cut a hole in the rock, they’d pour blasting powder in there, and then they would pour sand on top. They would take the tamping iron,
and they would tamp down the sand. What this did is it gave them
a very precise blast. So on this day in particular, Phineas was waiting for his assistant
to pour sand in the hole, and his men overloaded
a train car behind him, just overloaded it with boulders – you can imagine the noise that it made – and it distracted Phineas. It also distracted his assistant,
who didn’t pour sand in the hole. So when Phineas went
and he rammed the rod into the hole, it ignited the gunpowder and launched the rod
through his head, like a rocket. It actually landed
100 feet behind him in the bushes. And it entered right below his left eye. This is his skull, which is on display at the medical library
at the Harvard Medical School. Let’s say goodbye to the cane. Now I can handle this microphone. So, the area of the brain that it removed
is your left orbital frontal cortex, and this wouldn’t be much
of a story to tell you, except Phineas survived this accident
without his left orbital – his left orbital frontal cortex was probably in the bushes
back there with the rod. And he was sitting up under his own power within five minutes
of the rod traveling through his head. He logged his exit
from the job site in the logbook, and he told the town doctor
what had happened to him. It took about six months
for his physical wounds to heal. Once they healed, Phineas
was ready to go back to work. He was still every bit as intelligent
as he had been before; he still had interest
in building the railroad; his personality was the same. But there was something
very, very key missing, and it was how he responded
to his emotions. What happened is, every emotion that Phineas had
exploded unfettered into action. So he was angry, he was impulsive,
he was unreliable. Suddenly, he was showing up late. So here was this guy
who so much of him was the same, yet something else
was fundamentally different. Let me show you
how that works in the brain. Everything you experience
in the world around you must enter at the base of your brain. So if you’re listening to me speak, the signal travels from ear
to the base of the brain. If someone bumps into you,
you feel that sensation; it goes to the base of your brain. Then it travels across your brain. And once it does so, it travels
through the limbic system. This is where emotions are generated. In Phineas’ case, this part
of the brain was still intact. His brain was producing
emotions like normal, but he lost his rational brain. He lost the area of the brain where he was able to read
and respond to these emotions. Emotional intelligence combines the two. It’s your ability to understand
these emotions that you’re having. We’re hardwired
to be emotional creatures. So these emotions happen
in a split second, before we’re able
to think rationally about them. What we do in response
to our emotions dictates – that’s really what
emotional intelligence is about. Now, if you’re like me,
you’re probably saying, “Well, why do we – If this is hardwired in our brain and we’ve had ideas about this
since the 1850s with Phineas Gage, why is this a TED idea? Why am I learning about this now?” Well, we live in a world that doesn’t necessarily
teach us what’s good for us. This Cola ad from the ’50s
is a great example. It says, “For a better start in life,
start Cola earlier! How soon is too soon? Not soon enough!” “Laboratory tests over the last few years
have proven that babies who start drinking soda
during that early formative period have a much higher chance
of fitting in and gaining acceptance during those awkward
preteen and teen years.” “So do yourself a favor.
Do your child a favor. Start them on a strict regimen of sodas and other
sugary carbonated beverages right now, for a lifetime of guaranteed happiness.” (Laughter) Now, this is actually a satire, this ad, but let me show you a couple that aren’t. These are real ads, and they send
the same kind of message. Here’s one that’s saying
that sugar is a great way to diet and curb food cravings. Here we have doctors who are telling us
how healthy it is to smoke, and then my favorite, “DDT is good for me.” These are real ads of random publications. It’s a sign of the world we grow up in. We’re taught the three Rs in school,
but we’re not taught how to lead. We’re not taught all
the capacities that we possess that we can utilize
to make the most of life. And emotional intelligence
is absolutely one of these. Now, here’s what most people
don’t know as a result of this. Emotional intelligence
is absolutely distinct from your IQ. You can be high in emotional intelligence
and have also a really high IQ. You can be low in one
and not the other, low in both. They don’t occur together
in any meaningful way, despite the stereotype
that people with high IQs have low EQs. Right? That’s a stereotype because those folks
stick out like a sore thumb. Another thing that people confuse with
emotional intelligence is personality. Personality is a stable set
of preferences and tendencies through which you approach the world. It’s fixed at an early age,
just like your IQ. So if you’re a hopeless
extrovert at age 17, you can’t expect that to change at age 40. And personality, it occurs
in a part of the brain that’s what neurologists
call crystallized. It’s fixed; it’s not responsive to change, just like IQ. Emotional intelligence, on the other hand, is an area of the brain – This pathway between your emotional
and rational brains is highly plastic. What that means is it’s flexible
and responsive to change, and when you work
on your emotional intelligence, your neurons will actually
branch out to each other and increase the flow of information
between the rational and emotional brains. This is the essence
of emotional intelligence. There are four
emotional intelligence skills, but the thing you need to know
is that, statistically, it really comes down to what you see as
personal competence and social competence. Personal competence is about you, awareness of your own emotions
and how you manage them. Social competence
is about you with other people. It’s how you’re reading and responding
to other people and what you do with that. The reason, statistically,
there aren’t really four skills, it’s just kind of two, is because once you
become aware of your emotions, once you take the blinders off, it’s really hard not to do
something productive with them. And there’s a lot of things
that operate beneath our awareness. I’d like to show you one example. This is from a study that was conducted
at a university of The Netherlands. In this study, they took people
who had cortical lesions. So, these folks,
their eyes worked perfectly, the optic nerves worked perfectly, they sent the signals back
to the base of the brain to be processed, and the problem’s there –
they had cortical lesions. The brain didn’t know what it saw
although the eyes physically saw it, so they’re blind. What they did is they put these people
in front of computer screens, and they flashed images
of people expressing strong emotions. When you do that with people with sight, there’s “mirror neurons” in your brain that mirror the emotional state
of other people, and you can’t help but have
a very small emotional reaction. So if I put an image
of someone smiling really big, you’ll crack a smile. If it’s someone really angry,
you’ll furrow your brow a bit. You can’t control it. The thing that really freaked
these researchers out is that these blind people were having
the same reaction as people with sight. The exact same reaction. And it really left them scratching
their heads: “How can this be? The brain cannot process
what their eyes are seeing.” They went back and they
further analysed the MRIs, and what they found is that
there’s an alternate pathway in the brain. They found that as the signals
traveled down the optic nerve, they were actually branching out
and sending signals to the limbic system. So these people didn’t even know
what they were seeing. They said to them,
“Why did you crack a smile?” “I don’t know. It was a hunch.” “Why did you furrow your brow?” “I don’t know.” “Did you see something?” “No, dude, I’m blind.
I didn’t see anything.” How many of you have walked
into a room full of people and you can just feel a mood in the room even though you
can’t put your finger on it? These are the kind of
emotional signals driving your brain. People who are highly
emotionally intelligent are very tuned into them. And once you’re tuned into them, they tend to produce
the behavior that you want. Now, I’m going to show you
some stats around emotional intelligence and why it’s so important to success, and I want you to understand
why these statistics are so powerful. It’s because emotional intelligence
is a foundational skill. Emotions are the primary driver
of our behavior. Think about that picture
of the limbic system. It’s at the base of the brain;
everything is traveling through it. It’s emotions first, emotions first. So when you master your emotions, when you become aware of them
and are able to manage them effectively, it trickles into everything you do. It trickles into how you manage stress,
how you get presentations, how you work in a team,
how you make decisions – it’s a foundational skill. Here’s another bit of research. We found that emotional intelligence,
when it comes to work, explains about 60% of how you do. If you look at the percentage
of top performers, what percentage of them are high in EQ, it’s 90%. And the skeptics in the room,
I happen to be one. I’d say, “What percentage
of low performers are high in EQ?” Well, you can have a high EQ
and be a bottom performer – there’s other factors at play – but emotional intelligence
is a very, very direct route to producing the behavior that you want
because of how your brain is wired. Here’s research we published
in the Harvard Business Review, and this is looking at emotional
intelligence scores by job title. You have individual contributor first. These are people
who don’t supervise anyone. Then you have your supervisor,
you know, first time managers. And then middle management. This is where emotional
intelligence scores peak. Because above middle management, it is a ski slope
all the way down to CEOs, who have the lowest emotional intelligence
scores in the workplace. Now, I just told you that 90%
of top performers have high EQs. So shouldn’t CEOs be the top performers? Well, the trick is,
for each of these job categories, emotional intelligence
is a big predictor of performance; those with the highest EQs
also tend to be the top performers. But what organizations do – if you think back to the wonderful ads
that send us the wrong messages, our society that sends us
the wrong messages – organizations perpetuate this, and they promote people above – Okay, why do you get promoted
to be a manager? Because you’re good with people. But how do you move above management? How do you become
a director, a senior exec, CEO? It’s increasingly focused on tenure, on short-term financial gains, on industry knowledge. These things matter, but it’s the really well-rounded people – people who are able to achieve that and also have high
emotional intelligence – that really, really flourish. And that’s the challenge:
it’s for organizations to buck this trend, and it’s for individuals
to become that well-rounded person that’s going to achieve
the highest level of success, whatever job you’re in. Okay, now, people always want to know how you can go about increasing
your emotional intelligence. And I absolutely recommend
that you test yourself and you find what your low areas are. For one person,
it may be social awareness. For another, it may be self-awareness. That’s a really great starting point. But I do have three silver bullets
for increasing your EQ to share with you. And these apply to a lot of people – I guarantee you the majority
of the people in this room. The first thing is to get
your stress under control. We all know that stress
is bad news, right? It compromises your immune system, it’s linked to heart disease,
depression, obesity. The trick is, intermittent, mild stress – that is stress you keep under control – actually entices the brain to produce cells that are responsible
for improved memory. So good things happen
when you start to feel some stress, and you actually climb up
this performance curve. But what they found at UC Berkeley is that when the stress
becomes severe or becomes prolonged, you move down the backside of the curve. And it actually causes degeneration in the areas of the brain
responsible for self-control. So when you keep
your stress under control, good things are happening in your brain. And when this stress
starts to take you too far, you actually are diminishing
your capacity to control your behavior, including control your ability
to control your stress. So it’s kind of this vicious cycle. The key here, like I said,
is keeping that stress intermittent and having intervention strategies
that you can employ to give yourself a break from stress. There’s a great study
conducted at UC Davis where they taught people
a simple strategy. And that was to cultivate
an attitude of gratitude. So every time these people felt stress, the experimental group
was instructed to stop and think about something
they were grateful for – that’s it. It sounds a little hokey, but in these individuals that did this, it actually lowered
the stress hormone cortisol by 23%. So cultivating an attitude of gratitude physically, physiologically lowered
their body’s response to stress. So getting stress under control, doing all the stuff
you know you should be doing – taking a walk,
reading a book, exercising – all these things that give you breaks
are key to getting stress under control. The next thing, silver bullet number two
for increasing your EQ, is to clean up your sleep hygiene. More sleep would be great, but for a lot of people
that isn’t going to happen. And cleaning up your sleep hygiene
is the next best route. Now, the reason is
because when you’re awake, toxic proteins build up
in the neurons in your brain. This is a byproduct
of normal neuronal activity; it’s just a part of being awake. And when you sleep,
if you get the right amount of sleep, your neurons actually clean themselves up and they remove these toxic proteins. When that doesn’t happen, you actually – they hinder
your capacity to think. They make you groggy,
they diminish your self control, and that’s why you feel like crud when you get three hours of sleep
when you know you really need seven. So for most of us, the trick here is you need
to clean up your sleep hygiene because your body moves through a very
elaborate series of stages when you sleep. And if you’re not getting sleep
of sufficient quality, you won’t remove these toxic proteins from your brain. What do a lot of us do
to diminish the quality of our sleep? Well, the worst thing,
the number one offender, is taking things that “help you sleep.” Anything that helps you sleep – a Benadryl, three glasses of wine,
an Ambien, a Nyquil, melatonin – if it helps you sleep, it is impairing your body’s ability to go through the necessary sleep stages
to remove these toxic proteins. And that’s why you feel groggy
the next day when you take a sleep aid. So the number one way
to clean up your sleep hygiene is to not take something
that makes you sleep. And, actually, there’s kind
of a co-title for poor sleep hygiene because the other thing a lot of us do is we expose ourselves
to blue light in the evening. And here’s how this works: In the morning, sunlight
is very high in blue wavelength light. Blue wavelength light
halts melatonin production and it tells your body:
“Be awake. It’s morning time.” After noon, sunlight is increasingly
orange and red in wavelength. That allows your body
to start producing melatonin, which prepares you for sleep. All well and good,
but what do we do after dinner? We sit in front of our massive Mac monitor
and just bathe ourselves in blue light, or read on our iPad. You know, when you
bathe yourself in blue light, you’re confusing
the heck out of your brain and you’re halting melatonin production, and it will often keep you
from going to sleep, but even if you can go to sleep
when you do this, your body doesn’t get the quality of sleep that it needs to remove
these toxic proteins. So, silver bullet number two
for increasing your EQ is to clean up your sleep hygiene. No blue light, don’t take anything
that helps you sleep, wake up at the same time in the morning – these are all things that can help you
to get your self-control under control. Now, the third one is the one
that people really hate me for. Get your caffeine intake under control. And caffeine really links back
to this same cycle because caffeine
has a very long half-life. It’s six hours. So when you’re feeling tired
in the afternoon because you took seven Benadryl
the night before to go to sleep, and you have a triple espresso, by nine or ten PM, half of that is still
metabolically active in your body. It’s still there, doing it’s thing. So it makes it hard to go to sleep, and even if you can go to sleep, again, you’re not getting
the quality of sleep that you need to remove these toxic proteins
from your brain. So, my recommendation here is just to not drink
any caffeine after noon and know how it affects your body. Some people can tolerate more caffeine, but if you pay attention to it, you can see how it’s affecting your sleep. So, those three silver bullets
will help you get where you need to be on the road to improving
your emotional intelligence, and I hope that some of the things
that I taught you today prove useful as you pursue
your goals in life. Thanks so much. (Applause)


  • Reply ` August 4, 2017 at 5:42 am

    google "Jordan Peterson Quora" and look at his answer to the qustion about "EQ versus IQ," it's several questions down from the top. Here is the first paragraph: "There is no such thing as EQ. Let me repeat that: "There is NO SUCH THING AS EQ." The idea was popularized by a journalist, Daniel Goleman, not a psychologist. You can't just invent a trait. You have to define it and measure it and distinguish it from other traits and use it to predict the important ways that people vary."

  • Reply Dr Peter jones August 4, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Blind sight and emotional intelligence are very much linked and are usually found in blind or visually impaired people. The growth of the brains placiticty to provide alternative pathways as indicated has been very much been recognised in nurology at the crick institute in the UK.The blind and visually impaired very much internatise their thought processess developing emotional intelligence or blind sight nuroel pathways not present in normal brains. This research gives dementia suffers hope that exercises with loss of sight could slow dementia onset.

    Is emotional intelligence linked to intelligence ? In blind people the normal dynamic activity in people brains is very differencent in blind people. Blind people have a norrower dynamic range in their brains according to scientists in the UK.This is explained by the extra loading of spatial activity required in a greater proportion of the day. Over time it is thought to change the plasticity of the brain, increase memory, and recall functions tested in intelligence which we understand today. There is beleif that blind people can increase intelligence over time due to changes in placitity over and above capacity utilisation of brain function.

  • Reply Manny August 5, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    This is very useful information!

  • Reply Myrna alvarez August 6, 2017 at 3:07 am

    I do believe that when we acknowledge and celebrate our own personal power,power over our attitudes, our feelings, our behavior we anticipate confidently any situation toward us making them beneficial towards our growth..the choice is ours. I FIRMLY BELIEVE GOD gives me the power to face each new day gives me responsibility for deciding my own fate.

  • Reply SG F August 6, 2017 at 3:47 am

    Great talk.

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  • Reply Imtiaz Rizvi August 6, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Amazing!! This was so helpful and relevant!! God bless this guy!

  • Reply Deborra Storm August 6, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    Emotional Intelligence to me is knowing what makes people emotional… and or stimulate them intellectually. But its also a talent I believe one is born with to be able to sense the unspoken emotions of any person… they meet. With this intelligence they are able to understand what that person needs,hates, lives or is afraid of. It is a sixth sence. You can try and study it from someone who was born with it, but I believe it's a hard thing to do. The closest you can get is to focus on being more actively empathetic. Being a Christain I believe only God can teach it to us truely. One can be charismatic, but that does not make them emotionally intelligent. I believe it's effectiveness comes intuitively .. giving respect to all in a social setting. Practicing it by going to a social setting talking to each individual alone, till you have spoken to each one. Asking them Questions about themselves.. why they are their… pick just one question. Then move on to the next person, you will learn so much. Also, when your with these people look them in the eye. Think to your self I feel anything behind those eyes they are not saying. You will find walls, open doors, and deep rivers of complexity. People are very complex, but the commonality of our humaness bonds us basically. Focusing on staying bonded, leave when it becomes confrontational.

  • Reply Vania Chaker August 7, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Interesting talk by Travis Bradberry. However, I would have preferred a greater explanation of neuroscience (such as Dan Goleman provides in his books) – for example, a bit more granularity and a fuller explanation of the limbic system and its role in "emotional intelligence"). Also, Bradberry references the term "EQ" which is not really an accepted term in the scientific community. In the books I've read on Emotional Intelligence (by Goleman, for example), I never came across the term "EQ" so I'm not sure where this reference in the talk comes from. I've only heard it as a "pop" term so (to me), references such as this undermined the talk a bit I (personally) prefer more precise and correct terminology.

    It might also be interesting to consider this issue from a psychobiological perspective – such as by analyzing neurological gender differences, particularly the anatomical differences in the brains of men and women. Women tend to have an increased lateralization of the brain hemispheres because of the markedly greater development of the corpus callosum (the band of fibrous nerve tissue in the middle of the brain that "connects" the two hemispheres. It is believed that as a result of this anatomical variant, women tend to have more stable emotions and decreased emotional lability. Women tend to be less quick to anger, etc. Therefore, it would be interesting to me to further explore causal connections between such psychobiological differences… (My undergrad studies began in psychobio with an emphasis on neuroscience hence my interest in this area.)

    I'd like to see Goleman's TED talks and compare the two. As an FYI, for those interested in motivational factors, I also very much enjoy the TED Talks by Carol Dweck (who's at Stanford – Go Cardinal!). I'd also like to suggest a TED Talk that delves into the reasons why women add greater value to upper-level management and organizational teams in terms of leadership, decision making, and managerial style. A greater representation of women in top tier corporate and business positions would only promote the American economy. It has been shown repeatedly that diversity within teams helps the entire team to thrive! – Vania Chaker @VMChaker

  • Reply James Brink August 7, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    About time CEOs see the EQ Data to be more in touch with all employees. We would have a greater society if this was implemented. Overall Great points on each topic!

  • Reply Robin Uniyal August 8, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Came here from LinkedIn ๐Ÿ™‚ he is awesome ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Lori Ann Kisiolek August 8, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    A great listen and useful. Thanks!

  • Reply Elaine Lonnemann August 9, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Great TED Talk on Emotional Intelligence.

  • Reply Sonny Brown August 11, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    This needs to be seen by more people

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  • Reply Matthew Alegria August 17, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Great topic and great points!

  • Reply Cecilia Ngan August 17, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Great talk! I agree! Emotional intelligence is a skill that we can develop and improve by learning and practicing!

  • Reply Mike Schmidt August 17, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Eye opening indeed. Time for me to get off the computer after dinner!

  • Reply Lori Church August 17, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    This is such an amazing topic and so relevant!

  • Reply Yufan Chen August 17, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Great story! I know much more about my brain after I watch this Ted Talk. I like how Travis present the idea of emotional intelligence and how he uses a lot of real stories to show its importance. When I saw the chart that EQ score will impact my pay, it get me thinking that I should really work on it. Overall, Great speak. I love it and I will share with my friends, so they can benefit from it.

  • Reply Gerald Frank August 24, 2017 at 3:32 am

    The older "Emotional Intelligence" book is much better. ๐Ÿ‘Š

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  • Reply James Anti September 11, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Utilize Mental Health. Turn Illness Into a Weapon.

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  • Reply eduardohsb October 19, 2017 at 9:48 am

    A lot of loosely connected information that leads to no objective conclusion.
    Funny anectodes here and there with no solid research and no connection between ideas

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  • Reply Mehrnoosh Johnstone November 17, 2017 at 3:28 am

    The Emotional Intelligent is related to the brilliant power of our minds as responsive beings. It creates reality of our desires and dreams. This incredible power is inherent to us and itโ€™s insane the almost absolute control we have to create the realities we want if we just take ownership of it.

  • Reply Sheri McIntyre December 5, 2017 at 2:43 am

    Wow! emotional intelligence , This is so true! Ever since I experienced an AVM rupture in my cerebellum. I have been forced into doing all of these. I know what is important now because of this, and giving back is one of them.

  • Reply Richard Hunting December 17, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Learn how to hold the mic man!

  • Reply Belen Aguilar January 5, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    The emotional intelligence part is good. But the solutions: don't stress out, sleep more and don't watch TV at night… really? I need some useful things, what to think about, how to stop your emotions. please. thanks

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  • Reply bluefrancis14 January 22, 2018 at 12:39 am

    Fix audio!

  • Reply The Peak February 27, 2018 at 8:03 am

    This dude looks like Kevin Bacon

  • Reply Mona Bond March 9, 2018 at 10:57 am

    awww why is it not available? I feel as though I have missed out 8(

  • Reply Alpha Preparatory Academy March 29, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Very informative!

  • Reply kimmiet39 April 13, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Absolutely brilliant! Probably one of the best presentations I have ever learned about and im truly in disbelief, that at 50, this is the first time ive heard of Emotional Q, and I am incredibly grateful to have come across your talk! Ive already watched 2ce, shared 5x, and liked, of course, lol. Thank you for the info, lordy, lordy it explains so much, and it shouldve been taught in grade school – high school – or at university… its never been even touched on in any of my classes, at any companys, or professional positions I held!, YOU ROCK

  • Reply Mohammad Maniat April 28, 2018 at 8:50 am

    I love this speech

  • Reply Channery Sunshine July 10, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Emotional intelligence is essential! Thanks~๐Ÿ‘

  • Reply tessa tabanao July 11, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    This is helpful.. Nice one๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Reply ThriftyDadCreations July 23, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Amazing video! Thank you so much for sharing your view point on this. For everyone out there that has not read the book I 150% recommend picking it up and giving it a read. Go ahead,ย  YouTube can wait while you finish the book ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Gods child B August 20, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Useful talk for us in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria.

  • Reply Dr.Anju Chawla August 30, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    First one of its kind on EI to my knowledge, so simple to understand, so concrete and complete! Thank you Travis!

  • Reply Joe September 6, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    So, basically, if you want to achieve anything beyond a management position, ignore this video and focus on goals and results. Got it!

  • Reply Melanie B September 17, 2018 at 5:43 am

    yes on " their " level …of course

  • Reply DeliciaTrini October 3, 2018 at 12:02 am

    Great TED talk loaded with information! Thank you!

  • Reply M S October 17, 2018 at 5:40 am

    Great video ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

  • Reply Alexis Carleton October 18, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    brilliant conveyance.

  • Reply Bac Nguyen Van November 2, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    Time: 6:55 AM
    Day: 11/3/2018, Thรกng 10
    The Power of Emotional Intelligence | Travis Bradberry | TEDxUCIrvine

  • Reply Ray Cervantes November 8, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    12:50 ended his point and gave me confidence for my near future because i believe to a certain extent i have a relatively high EQ, but im also going to school for accounting and find that other qualities like emotional intelligence are key to creating great interpersonal relationships! Id like to someday be a leader of my community and workplace and with my knowledge and experience and consideration on the emotions of others, itโ€™s inevitable not to succeed ๐Ÿคซ

  • Reply Vid Master November 16, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    "… help you produce the behavior you want." Lol right there at 45 seconds into video I turned it off. People actually know what they want? And what what flavor or intensity of emotion they want to use for a situation? To me it sounds like a Millennial speak who's afraid to say that people make the wrong choices, and need to be trained properly. People are a dangerous wild herd of animals, and like a wild horse, they need to be tamed.

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  • Reply am winnie December 11, 2018 at 10:13 am

    My uncle has just send me on a research on emotional intelligence..I can't just tolerate field work on my career path.I get so emotional, thanks for this.

  • Reply Smart Cat Collar Project December 27, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    The issue with EQ is that the best performers at it are narcissists, they master emotions, play with them to manipulate other people ! at the other end of the spectrum, you have empaths, who are the usual preys for narcissists !
    It's not a surprise that narcissists and people with narcissistic traits are at the top of the society, while empaths lag behind, often treated the same way as BPD's…

  • Reply orazsu January 5, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Neither personality (Caspi and Roberts, 2009; Boyce et al, 2012)) nor IQ (Clarke and Clarke, 1953) are fixed.

  • Reply Lisa Rich January 23, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    This is great! How do I contact the POC for permission to use in a course [military course]?

  • Reply Amiena Inspired February 8, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Okay, no more YouTube at night ๐Ÿ˜ฑ love EQ, my life has changed so much since I've started practicing it! Hope everyone gets to increase theirs as well ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Reply mark long February 23, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Very interesting subject ..

  • Reply mark long February 23, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    I think having a good degree of self awareness and how we Interact with others is a must

  • Reply Ilya Zub February 27, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    To sum up.
    Three things to do as the speaker sad: control your stress, apply sleep hygiene, control how much caffeine you consume.

    Well, each of those are areas to research and try. Thanks for the valuable talk!

  • Reply ezechukwu iroha March 2, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Thank you

  • Reply Anuja B March 8, 2019 at 12:32 am

    Ethan Hawke

  • Reply Asiba The Buffalo Soldier April 8, 2019 at 3:40 am

    serious ideas

  • Reply Rage.against.the.regime April 13, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    Research has shown CEO'S are notorious for being psychopathic.

  • Reply Danielle Leyva April 15, 2019 at 4:39 am

    The MIC

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  • Reply SD Rosas April 24, 2019 at 3:42 am

    EQ will be referred to as just another Machiavellian twist in the way people are psychologically manipulated to become a 'more effective' team workers, it suits American corporate pervetsity like a glove

  • Reply Mi San April 28, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Great talk. Very useful advises, indeed a good way to maters emotions and improve EQ

  • Reply delbert osborne April 28, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    Excuse me Mr. Bradberry but I'm a little perplexed๐Ÿ˜ต The Tamping Rod that went through his head may have damaged his "Pinale Gland" of which is located in the
    "Limbic System" and it's the pinale
    Gland that regulates emotions ๐Ÿค”
    I am taken back that you haven't
    mentioned this medical fact๐Ÿ˜
    Those reading this post don't take
    my word for it, reasearch it for yourselfs ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply delbert osborne April 28, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    To suggest that one can override a possible "Damaged Pinale Gland"
    through a process of reasoning is
    totally obserd ๐Ÿ˜’ You didn't mention your credentials, do you have any๐Ÿ˜

  • Reply Sabine Meulhof May 10, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    A very interesting video! Where can I find the references? For example the Dutch research about the blind people who's mirror neuron system still mimicked expressions of the tv-screen?

  • Reply Richard Jellican May 19, 2019 at 5:09 am

    One of the best presentation of emotional intelligence I have listened to, especially on the impact of sleep on bodily functions.

  • Reply GJKincses June 2, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    Health and awareness levels will support you very day – " Emotional Intelligence should be incorporated in all company training modules in order to increase awareness levels, motivate and inspire the desire within, and on reaching out by helping others with a better level of understanding and gentle support initiatives.

    Our social and leadership skills will transform our genuine heart felt empathy to help break down apathy levels within so many others, and build far greater and more meaningful relationships within the working environment and community. – Thanks so much for sharing Travis we all need to reflect and practice every day.

  • Reply Bubble Tea June 4, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    7:00 Personality traits are not set in stone and can be changed through hard work, there are several studies on the subject that prove this.

  • Reply QuoVadis Gates June 25, 2019 at 4:16 am

    Great information but not saucy, he dry dry …

  • Reply Noriko T July 13, 2019 at 8:27 am

    You speak very fast…

  • Reply Abdullah Al-Hazzani August 5, 2019 at 1:57 am

    Pretty helpful

  • Reply Glascoe Bowie August 14, 2019 at 1:37 am

    It's your soul your brain a shall just like your body

  • Reply Glascoe Bowie August 14, 2019 at 1:45 am

    You can take a battery out of a toy that stop working and put it in and identical toy and get the results your looking for.

  • Reply Glascoe Bowie August 14, 2019 at 1:49 am

    The creator is not dead.

  • Reply Glascoe Bowie August 14, 2019 at 1:55 am

    We need to learn how to live in this physical world not the creator.

  • Reply Practical Mindfulness August 21, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Great talk. V. Interesting. Thank-you.

  • Reply sugabus ejava August 24, 2019 at 2:22 am

    one of the best talk i've ever watch … thank you

  • Reply Rubina Merchant August 29, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Very informative. Thank you!

  • Reply Leilani Rowe September 9, 2019 at 4:10 am

    Does Rotogenflux Methods really help to increase your IQ score over 15 points? I have read a lot of good stuff about this iq course.

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