Think about people you know who resist indulging their whims, who are able to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. Compare them to those who exhibit temper tantrums, prolonged pouts, rapidly changing moods or easy frustration. People who show resilience, patience, good judgment, trustworthiness and grace under fire are Emotionally Mature. They have learned to tolerate experiences that test their emotions. They use these experiences to learn how to deal with emotions — theirs and others’ — more effectively. It is this incremental, often intentional, process that leads to Emotional Maturity.
If you or any of your work associates exhibit the following, you’ll find remedies at EQDashboard.com are a real benefit:
- Lacks awareness of own emotions as they occur and their impact on self and others
- Has difficulty knowing when, where or how to express emotions
- Over-reacts emotionally
- Becomes defensive or sidesteps responsibility when facing failure
Action learning tips and learning assignments on the job are a click away at EQDashboard.com.
You might also consider (a sampling of suggestions from EQDashboard.com):
Lerner, Harriet. The Dance of Intimacy. New York: Harper Paperbacks, 1990.
Morler, Edward E. The Leadership Integrity Challenge: Assessing and Facilitating Emotional Maturity. Sonoma, CA: Sanai Publishing, 2nd expanded edition, 2006.
Seligman, Martin E. Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life. New York: Vintage, 2006.