Social Emotional Learning for developing interpersonal skills

Young adulthood is that phase of life which is free from the hassles of adolescence and unaware of the challenges of more advanced stages of life. As an individual comes out of college they begin to establish their autonomy, start career and engage in intimate relationships that lay the foundation for their life ahead. It is at this stage that social and emotional development blends with their identity, values and career in ways that shape their attitude and lifestyle for the future. They navigate their ways from new environment and personal growth trying to establish balance between feelings of freedom and experiences of restrictions created by economic realities of work, moral values in the competition driven world. It is at this stage social emotional learning paves the way for smooth transition.

Social and emotional learning is a framework that helps children and young adults to better understand their emotions, express and regulate them, develop empathy for others, establish healthy relationships and make sound decisions. There are five key competencies identified for Social and emotional learning. These are as follows:-

  1. Self-awareness: It helps recognize our emotions and their impact on behavior. It helps know our weaknesses and strengths to utilize them as and when required.
  2. Self-Management: It refers to the ability to take ownership and control of thoughts, feeling and actions in various situations.
  3. Social Awareness: It refers to the ability of an individual to empathize with others and feel their pain.
  4. Relationship skills: it is the ability to build and maintain relationships with people from diverse backgrounds, culture and demography. It is based on the skill of effective listening and communicating with others, resolving conflicts, helping and seeking help.
  5. Decision making ability: it refers to the ability to choose how to act or respond in a situation being conscious of the well-being of self and others.

In the words of Aristotle “Educating the mind without educating heart is no education at all.” The cultivation of these skills creates a peaceful environment both within and outside an individual. It facilitates better learning and professional setting where everyone thrives on equity. It improves relationship with self and others which is basic ingredient to build healthy, supportive work environments and contribute to the overall happiness of an individual and society.

The training program is designed in a manner to enable participants to learn carry out human transactions in a manner that helps achieve goals and maintain homeostasis.

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