My latest book: Emotional Literacy

Emotional LiteracyEmotional Literacy; Intelligence with a Heart. Personhood Press, 2003
(If you want to buy a hardcover or paper back edition of the original, hard cover 1997 version of the book click here. The original 1997 version of the book is also available in Chinese, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Danish and Dutch translations)
In the book, I offer a love-centered approach to emotional intelligence, developed over the last twenty years, which I call Emotional Literacy Training. This approach, based on Transactional Analysis, 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 “My latest book: Emotional Literacy”

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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”

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What’s Love Got to Do With it? Opening the Heart to Emotional Intelligence

by Claude Steiner Ph.D.
The fact that the emotions matter and that emotional competence is as important as intelligence to help people do well is an idea whose time has come. It has initiated a culture-wide “paradigm shift” readying people to confront the long neglected emotional realm. Continue reading “What’s Love Got to Do With it? Opening the Heart to Emotional Intelligence”

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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

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