We hear and speak often about teen emotions. No question that being on the receiving end and having to deal with the emotional ups and downs of teens is not for the faint of heart. We all know their feelings can be an emotional roller-coaster. Teens need to learn and practice skills of self-regulation, problem solving, and negotiating conflict. These skills may be grouped as “Emotional Agility.” Lacking these skills while at the same time experiencing hormonal, physical, and social changes, teens are prone to depression. Teens lacking in coping skills – flexibility and resilience – will be disadvantaged as they grow into adults. Emotional stability is fundamental and a critical ingredient to future success.
Among adults, the capacity to recognize one’s own emotions as well as those of others, to discern between different feelings and the ability to manage, adjust and adapt their emotions according to the circumstances is often referred to as Emotional Intelligence (EI).
Regardless of the label, studies have reported that those individuals having emotional agility or emotional intelligence have better mental health, perform better in school or their jobs, are more likely to demonstrate stability and able to effectively and appropriately navigate the social environment, adapting to social norms.
The blog authored by Deborah Farmer Kris in KQED News does a nice job providing tips to parents how to develop and grow emotional resilience. Her article is on the MindShift website, “Emotional Agility As A Tool To Help Teens Manage Their Feelings.”