Emotional Intelligence: Achieving Academic and Career Excellence in College and in Life (2e) : 9780135022993

Emotional Intelligence: Achieving Academic and Career Excellence in College and in Life (2e)

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For courses in: College Success, Psychology of Success, Learning Frameworks, Intro/Foundation courses in any discipline, Teacher education, Counseling, Adult education, Leadership.


Research-derived best practices of emotional intelligence are taught through experienced-based learning.


The second edition of this supplemental text continues to provide students with the tools to cultivate emotionally intelligent behavior for success both inside and outside of the classroom. Through 13 in-depth emotional intelligence skill lessons, new students and first generation students will be guided along practical pathways to student learning and leadership with the aide of caring research-derived advice, helpful illustrations, and experience-based learning opportunities that will help them grow confidence and excel in all aspects of their lives.


Engaging, positive, and learner-centered, the new edition of Emotional Intelligence includes theory-based information on why emotional learning works, real-life examples of emotional intelligence in the classroom, and new findings regarding the importance of meaningful personal learning and leading in the classroom.


Table of contents

Introduction    Emotional Intelligence and Your Emotional Mind


Chapter 1        Your Emotional Mind

The Emotional System

Breaking the Emotional Reactivity Habit

Healthy Learning Environments

Stress, Burnout, and Boredom

College Success Factors

High Achievement and Self-Directed Learning

Twelve Important Lessons


Chapter 2        Developing an Emotionally Healthy Mind

The Emotional Learning System

Applying the Emotional Learning System

Learning Styles

Necessary Conditions for Learning

Changing Your Emotional Mind

The Emotional Skills Assessment Process


Chapter 3        Interpersonal Skills: Assertion and Anger Management and Anxiety Management


Emotional Intelligence Lesson 1: Assertion

Anger Management

Emotional Intelligence Lesson 2: Anger Management

Anxiety Management

Emotional Intelligence Lesson 3:  Anxiety Management

When Emotions Are Negative


Chapter 4        Leadership Skills: Social Awareness, Empathy, Decision Making, and Positive Influence

Social Awareness

Emotional Intelligence Lesson 4: Social Awareness


Emotional Intelligence Lesson 5:  Empathy

Decision Making

Emotional Intelligence Lesson 6: Decision Making

Positive Influence

Emotional Intelligence Lesson 7:  Positive Influence


Chapter 5        Self-Management Skills: Drive Strength, Commitment Ethic, Time Management, and Positive Change

Drive Strength

Emotional Intelligence Lesson 8:  Drive Strength

Goal Checklist

Commitment Ethic

Emotional Intelligence Lesson 9:  Commitment

Time Management

Emotional Intelligence Lesson 10:  Time

Goal Checklist

Potential Problem Area: Change Orientation

Positive Change

Emotional Intelligence Lesson 11:  Positive Change


Chapter 6:  Intrapersonal Skills:  Self-Esteem and Stress Management


Emotional Intelligence Lesson 12:  Self-Esteeem

Stress Management

Emotional Intelligence Lesson 13:   Stress


Chapter 7        Self-Renewal and Personal Excellence

Thoughts About Excellence and Self-Renewal

Personal Excellence

Systems, Principles, and Skills

Emotional Skills Profile

Personal Excellence Inventory

Continuum of Excellence


Achieving Academic and Career Excellence

Lifelong Emotional Learning

Last Word

Imagineering Activities for Renewal and Development


Appendix:  Emotional Intelligence Theories



New to this edition
  • NEW - "Hallmarks of Excellence” feature provides students with theory-based and research-derived information about how the brain works in regards to emotional intelligence and practical emotional learning.
  • NEW - A focus on intelligent self-direction lends a clear focus to the five most important skills for academic excellence: assertion, time management, personal responsibility, drive strength, and stress management.
  • NEW - Illustrations and personal narratives located at the end of each chapter make learning more personally meaningful and less traditional while identifying the contributions of the emotional mind.
  • NEW - New findings from adolescent and adult neuroscience showing the importance of meaningful personal learning-leading with emotional intelligence in the classroom makes intelligent self-direction more understandable and personally relevant.
  • NEW - Real-life student and teacher stories illustrating the value of emotional intelligence and intentional learning in the classroom provide classroom examples of the benefits of person-centered learning over teacher-centered or content-centered learning.


    MyStudentSuccessLab (www.mystudentsuccesslab.com) is an online solution designed to help students ‘Start strong, Finish stronger’ by building skills for ongoing personal and professional development. This Learning Outcome based technology promotes student engagement through:

    ·          The Learning Path Diagnostic offers for the course, 83 Full Course Pre- and Post-Diagnostic (Bloom’s Taxonomy Levels I-VI) questions, and for each topic, 20 Pre- and Post-Test (Bloom’s Taxonomy Levels I-VI) questions.

    ·          The Overview provides learning objectives to build vocabulary and repetition.

    ·          Video interviews on key issues ‘by students, for students’.

    ·          The Practice exercises improve class preparation and learning. 

    ·          Graded Activities build critical thinking skills and develop problem-solving abilities (includes Essays and Journaling).

    ·          Instructors benefit from an Implementation Guide to easily assign and assess progress. 

    ·          Students have access to relevant FinishStronger247 YouTube videos, the Pearson student Facebook page chock full of tips, MySearchLab use for doing effective research, and more.


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  • Features & benefits
    • An Emotional Learning System consisting of a five-step learning method empowers students to explore, identify, understand, develop, and apply each skill covered.
    • An Emotional Skills Assessment Process (ESAP) develops student awareness of their personal strengths and areas for development, creating a person-centered learning environment where engagement, reflection, and dialogue are cultivated.
    • An Empowering, Supportive Tone clearly respects the student as capable and gifted, providing each reader with the opportunity to replace emotional reactivity with a more constructive reflective practice.
    Author biography

    Darwin Nelson, Ph.D., is a Consulting Psychologist and Diplomate, American Psychotherapy Association, Patron and Life Member, Forumn for Emotional Intelligence Learning (FEIL) in India, and Principal, Emotional Intelligence Learning Systems, Inc.  He is cofounder of the Emotional Intelligence Training and Research Institute (EITRI) and has held tenured professorships in Psychology and Education, Texas A&M University-Kingsville.  He has taught at every level from secondary to doctoral.


    Gary Low, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Education, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, a Consulting Psychologist, Patron and Life Member, Forum for EI Learning (FEIL) in India, and Principal, Emotional Intelligence Learning Systems, Inc.  He is cofounder of the Emotional Intelligence Training and Research Institute (EITRI).  He has served as professor, department chair, director of major programs, and dean at Texas A&M-Kingsville.  He has developed and taught EI courses for first-generation college students, graduate, and doctoral students.


    Friends since first grade and working together since 1977, Darwin Nelson and Gary Low have created, researched, and developed the education, transformative theory and model of emotional intelligence and the Emotional Learning System.  Together and individually, they have authored books, articles, and positive assessment instruments used worldwide in education, training, and teaching.  Now, spanning four decades, they work collaboratively with educators, organizations, and colleges in designing and implementing EI curricula, programs, and resources to build healthy students, people, organizations, and communities.