Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
Specific social-emotional skills like self-awareness, self-management, empathy, perspective taking, and cooperation. They are lessons in Emotional Intelligence aka (EQ,EI). In short, getting smarter with your feelings.
Emotional intelligence is the ability to perceive emotions, to access and generate emotions so as to assist thought, to understand emotions and emotional knowledge, and to reflectively regulate emotions so as to promote emotional and intellectual growth. Mayer & Salovey, 1997.
As humans are predominantly social, understanding emotions in oneself and others is an important skill to have, and a good part of the brain is devoted to that effort.
As such, emotional and social development are tightly linked to one another. Another key component of emotional development, namely emotion regulation, is not less crucial to socialization. In social activities (e.g., being at school), it is often necessary to control emotional reactions, either positive (e.g., excitement) or negative (e.g., frustration) in order to accommodate to norms and goals. Therefore, the development of executive control is central to emotion regulation.
Social-Emotional Learning as described at www.CASEL.org
I’m a strong believer in Social Emotional Learning and teach all my students and clients how to gain self-awareness of our social behavior as its determined by our social cognition. Has a large affect in how we think and problem solve in situations.