Learning To Love

A Heart-Centered, Emotional Literacy Technique, Using Transactional Analysis,  by Claude Steiner Ph.D.

Abstract: Emotional literacy, with love as the guiding emotion, is a undeniable requirement for a healthy physical and psychological life. Transactional analysis provides the concepts (strokes, the stroke economy) and advanced techniques (Opening the Heart exercises) to teach people the essential skills required to give and accept love. Continue reading “Learning To Love”

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What is the Difference Between Emotional Intelligence and Emotional Literacy?

Emotional literacy is different from emotional intelligence (EI) in that it emphasizes the emotion of love, cooperation and the common good which are ignored in definitions of emotional intelligence. That is why we say that emotional literacy (EmLiT) is heart-centered emotional intelligence.

The distinction is important as I will show later. In fact a recent study suggests that there’s an actual discrepancy between acting morally and knowing one’s and others’ emotions and how to manage them. Continue reading “What is the Difference Between Emotional Intelligence and Emotional Literacy?”

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Emotional Literacy; Heart-Centered Intelligence.

Emotional intelligence, “can matter as much as IQ” in determining a person’s well-being and effectiveness in life.

Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence. (1997)

Emotional literacy is defined as emotional intelligence with a heart. In the book Emotional Literacy I offer a love-centered approach to emotional intelligence, developed over the last 35 years, which I call Emotional Literacy Training. This approach, based on Transactional Analysis and Radical Psychiatry, inspired by the women’s and men’s movements and informed by the works of Riane Eisler, Ronald Laing and Eric Berne seeks to teach people the following skills: Continue reading “Emotional Literacy; Heart-Centered Intelligence.”

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Stroking: What’s Love Got To Do With It?

by Claude Steiner

Abstract: The author attempts to answer the question: “What does transactional analysis have in common with body-centered, somatic points of view?” Transactional Analysis began as an Adult centered and rational theory but with the introduction of the concept of strokes Berne opened the way, perhaps unwittingly, for a somatic—Child and body centered—investigation of love and the emotions. Continue reading “Stroking: What’s Love Got To Do With It?”

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