The Emotional Awareness Scale

Since the publication of Daniel Goleman’s book Emotional Intelligence  (1995), emotional intelligence has passed from being a welcome, fresh way of thinking to becoming a number of widely disparate movements. The largest of these movements was a consultant’s “growth business” with scores of companies offering to evaluate and improve people’s Emotional Quotient (EQ) in the work place. Regretfully, in that environment emotional intelligence became synonymous with “mature,” “stable” and “hard working. But emotional skills are a great deal more than positive attitudes; they can humanize and improve any enterprise far beyond anything that has been experienced so far and its potential is being squandered on diluted, half measures. I fear that the emotional intelligence movement is morphing into yet another corporate, human resources lubricant with little specific relationship to emotional awareness or intelligence. Continue reading “The Emotional Awareness Scale”


Strokes are interpersonal units of recognition. They can be positive and feel good or negative and feel bad. They can be verbal or physical. Strokes are essential for physical and emotional health and survival.

Links within this web site that deal with the stroke concept


“Core Concepts of a Stroke Centered Transactional Analysis”

“The Stroke Economy and Opening the Heart.”

“Learning to Love.”

“Stroke-Centered Transactional Analysis”

A story:

“The Warn Fuzzy Tale.”

A lecture:

“The meming of love.”


Handouts explaining strokes for the teaching of emotional literacy workshops