5 Exceptional TED Talks That Will Improve Your Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is more important than IQ because it shows people’s ability to fell, understand and manage emotions and behaviour. Unlike IQ, EQ can be learned no matter the person’s age, but study and practice go hand in hand with an enhanced emotional intelligence. Inc.com has concocted a list of five TED Talks which promise to help you increase self-awareness and start identifying areas for improvement.

  • Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend

Psychologist Kelly McGonigal admitted in a TED Talk that for years she taught others that stress makes them sick, but what really got her thinking differently was a study which claimed that stress may only be bad for you if you believe it.

After seeing the results of that research, McGonigal is now convinced that stress should be perceived as a positive experience.


  • Arianna Huffington: How to succeed? Get more sleep!

The co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post shared in a four-minute video a personal experience which led to a personal discovery. She urged her audience to take a closer look at what happens when they get enough sleep and offered a new meaning to the phrase “sleeping your way to the top.”


  • Mandy Len Catron: Falling in love is the easy part

Although the title of this video might not convince entrepreneurs and businesspeople to give it a try, finding romantic love is not the only idea of this video. It explores the differences between falling and staying in love and teaches people how to get to know others on a deeper level.


  • Laura Trice: The power of saying thank you

Dr Laura Trice shared with her audience the potential of the words ‘thank you’ to change relationships. She also explained why people don’t say ‘thank you’ so often and why they should not be afraid to ask someone else to say it.


  • Daniel Goleman: Why aren’t we more compassionate?

Award-winning author and psychologist Daniel Goleman mixed scientific research with anecdotes and delivered a TED Talk that should be seen by those who want to enhance their emotional intelligence. Although the entire video is very interesting, Goleman’s concluding story is the cherry on the cake, according to Inc.com.


In a different article posted a couple of weeks after the initial piece, Justin Bariso, the founder of consultancy firm Insight shared a fresh list of TED Talks on Inc.com. These are:

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