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WELL 24 — The Practical Power of Emotional Intelligence

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Apr 19—Jun 7
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 21
Unit: 1
Tuition: $480
Instructor(s): Campbell Frank
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Apr 19—Jun 7
8 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 21
1 Unit
Campbell Frank
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
What does it mean to be emotionally intelligent—and how do we unlock the potential for its practical power? Emotional intelligence, or emotional quotient (EQ), is a recent term that means having the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions. But analysis of emotional versus rational human nature is as old as writing itself. Recent decades have seen a revolution in our understanding of decision-making, motivation, influence, and interpersonal connection, but amid all that progress, understanding our emotions can still feel elusive. Psychologist Jonathan Haidt introduced the useful analogy of humans as “rational riders upon emotional elephants”—the rider thinks logically, and the elephant can be steered but often moves and reacts through powerful and unpredictable instincts.

This course will explore emotional intelligence in two ways: First, we’ll examine how the discoveries and rediscoveries about our emotional selves apply broadly by peeking through lenses of ancient philosophy (both Eastern and Western), mindfulness, yoga, sports and performance psychology, advertising, and the newer fields of behavioral finance and economics. Second, we’ll sample ways we can work with our unconscious emotional selves through meditation, journaling, somatic body practices (exercise and simply walking), and interpersonal dialogue. Our approach will be light and fun. We will not dive deeply into the work of retraining our proverbial elephants; rather, we will explore the fulfilling ways in which an understanding of our emotional selves can provide valuable, practical insights and opportunities throughout life.

Facilitator, Interpersonal Dynamics, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Campbell Frank has facilitated in emotional intelligence learning groups at Stanford since 2008. He trained in the Journey Method of emotional transformation and healing. His varied work experiences include line manager, helicopter logistics pilot, flight instructor, international securities trader, and chief operating officer. He received an MBA, an MA in economics, and a certificate in public/nonprofit management from Stanford.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.