Emotional intelligence (EI) refers to our ability to perceive, control, and evaluate emotions. Some researchers suggest that emotional intelligence can be learned and strengthened, while others claim it’s an inborn characteristic.

The ability to express and control emotions is essential, but so is the ability to understand, interpret, and respond to the feelings of others. Psychologists refer to this ability as emotional intelligence, and some experts even suggest that it can be more important in life than IQ.


This Lecture Series by the Mind and Soul Foundation is a comprehensive but accessible introduction to the whole area of Emotional Intelligence. It requires an investment of time but will be of immense value. Their site also offers a substantial selection of resources to help explore our emotions.