Permission to Feel: The Power of Emotional Intelligence to Achieve Well-Being and Success

Permission to Feel: The Power of Emotional Intelligence to Achieve Well-Being and Success

by Marc Brackett Ph.D.
Permission to Feel: The Power of Emotional Intelligence to Achieve Well-Being and Success

Permission to Feel: The Power of Emotional Intelligence to Achieve Well-Being and Success

by Marc Brackett Ph.D.


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The mental well-being of children and adults is shockingly poor. Marc Brackett, author of Permission to Feel, knows why. And he knows what we can do.

"We have a crisis on our hands, and its victims are our children."

Marc Brackett is a professor in Yale University’s Child Study Center and founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. In his 25 years as an emotion scientist, he has developed a remarkably effective plan to improve the lives of children and adults – a blueprint for understanding our emotions and using them wisely so that they help, rather than hinder, our success and well-being. The core of his approach is a legacy from his childhood, from an astute uncle who gave him permission to feel. He was the first adult who managed to see Marc, listen to him, and recognize the suffering, bullying, and abuse he’d endured. And that was the beginning of Marc’s awareness that what he was going through was temporary. He wasn’t alone, he wasn’t stuck on a timeline, and he wasn’t “wrong” to feel scared, isolated, and angry. Now, best of all, he could do something about it.

In the decades since, Marc has led large research teams and raised tens of millions of dollars to investigate the roots of emotional well-being. His prescription for healthy children (and their parents, teachers, and schools) is a system called RULER, a high-impact and fast-effect approach to understanding and mastering emotions that has already transformed the thousands of schools that have adopted it. RULER has been proven to reduce stress and burnout, improve school climate, and enhance academic achievement. This book is the culmination of Marc’s development of RULER and his way to share the strategies and skills with readers around the world. It is tested, and it works.

This book combines rigor, science, passion and inspiration in equal parts. Too many children and adults are suffering; they are ashamed of their feelings and emotionally unskilled, but they don’t have to be. Marc Brackett’s life mission is to reverse this course, and this book can show you how.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250212832
Publisher: Celadon Books
Publication date: 08/04/2020
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 27,006
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Marc Brackett, Ph.D., author of Permission to Feel, is the founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University. Marc has published 125 scholarly articles on the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, health, and performance. He is the lead developer of RULER, an evidence-based, systemic approach to social and emotional learning that has been adopted by more than two thousand schools, pre-K through high school, across the United States and in other countries. Marc has received numerous awards and is on the board of directors for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). He is co-founder of Oji Life Lab, a digital emotional intelligence learning system for businesses. Marc also consults regularly with corporations like Facebook, Microsoft, and Google on integrating emotional intelligence principles into employee training and product design.

Table of Contents

Prologue x

Part 1 Permission to Feel

1 Permission to Feel 7

2 Emotions Are Information 22

3 How to Become an Emotion Scientist 48

Part 2 The Ruler Skills

4 R: Recognizing Emotion 71

5 U: Understanding Emotion 87

6 L: Labeling Emotion 104

7 E: Expressing Emotion 121

8 R: Regulating Emotion 139

Part 3 Applying Emotion Skills For Optimum Well-Being and Success

9 Emotions at Home 167

10 Emotions at School: From Preschool to College 190

11 Emotions at Work 219

Creating an Emotion Revolution 239

References 243

Acknowledgments 287

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