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Strong Social and Emotional Skills = Success

Posted: June 27, 2017

Greater social and emotional competence can increase academic achievement, high school graduation, career success, positive family and work relationships, better mental health, reduced criminal behavior, and engaged citizenship.

Social and emotional skills are using both your social awareness and emotional skills to get along and work well with others in all kinds of situations at home, school, work and everyday life. It’s being a well-functioning, valuable citizen. These skills are essentially “living” The Golden Rule and “treating others the way you want to be treated”.

There are 5 core social and emotional skills:

  • Recognizing and managing emotions: This is the ability to label and regulate your emotions, how you are feeling and taking responsibility for your behavior and well-being. This includes how you cope with stress, control impulses and persevere when faced with obstacles.
  • Being self-aware: Knowing who you are, beliefs, goals, values, motivation, and emotions. This includes accurately assessing your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Caring about and respecting others: Showing empathy, and feeling compassion for those with different backgrounds or cultures.
  • Developing positive relationships: Relationship skills build, foster and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships. These skills involve communication (talking and listening), cooperation, empathy, flexibility (being open to other points of view), conflict resolution and consideration
  • Making good decisions and behaving responsibly: Solving problems by defining the problem, generating solutions and the consequences of each and learning from your decisions.

Children who have a healthy maturation of these five core social and emotional skills are more successful in school, home and daily life.

Some benefits of a high social and emotional competence include:

  • Higher self-esteem, confidence, persistence, empathy and connection.
  • Reduced conduct problems and risk-taking behavior
  • Decreased depression and emotional distress
  • Greater commitment to school leading to improved test scores, grades, and attendance

Overall, greater social and emotional competence can increase academic achievement, high school graduation, career success, positive family and work relationships, better mental health, reduced criminal behavior, and engaged citizenship.