Emotional Intelligence

Be sure that your responses are adequately thorough and detailed. Some of the answers may just be fill-in the blank while others clearly require more detail and full sentences. It might be helpful to take notes while listening to the podcast in order to appropriately answer the questions below. Keep in mind that the questions are asked in order of the podcast’s progression, making it easier to identify the answer.

Most of the answers to the questions below come directly from the podcast. There are a few questions which are considered “Personal Reflection” questions and are thus indicated as such in parentheses to avoid any confusion.


1.What is the “dose-response relationship” mentioned by Dr. Goleman in regards to meditation?

2.According to Dr. Goleman, what is the “operational definition of resilience”?

3.According to Dr. Goleman, what happens to this resilience “recovery time” in meditators?

4.According to Dr. Goleman, research suggests that meditation “slows the __ of the brain.” (Fill in the blank)

5.According to the scientific studies cited in the podcast, what is the relationship between meditation and inflammation in the body?

6.According to Dr. Goleman, what are some of the current clinical applications of meditation and mindfulness?

7.According to Dr. Goleman, why is meditation as a treatment for ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder) a “no-brainer”?

8.According to the podcast, does meditation cause us to become “cut off” from our emotions? Please elaborate.

9.What circuitry in the brain does loving-kindness meditation strengthen and what behavioral changes accompany these changes?

10.Describe what Dr. Goleman shares about the benefit of meditation for those in the helping profession (e.g., therapists, nurses, etc.). What causes people in these fields to often burnout and quit and how can meditation help these individuals with this problem?

11.In the context of the answer to the previous question, what is the value of cultivating this sort of healthy mindful compassion in your relationships and interactions? Where can your relationships and interactions most benefit from this kind of presence? (Personal Reflection)

12.According to the podcast, how is meditation similar to concepts like “exercise” or “sport”?

13.According to Dr. Goleman, why does the world need practices like meditation, emotional intelligence, yoga, etc. “now more than ever”?

14.What are the roles of the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system?

15.According to Dr. Goleman, how does modern technology (and particularly cell phones) have the potential to interfere with the development of emotional intelligence skills?

16.According to Dr. Goleman, what is the “first step” in coaching someone through emotional intelligence?

17.In this context, describe what you think is the importance of “caring” (or wanting) to change a behavior as a precursor for actual behavioral change and an example of how this has played out in your own life? (Personal Reflection)

18.According to the podcast, if you practice emotional intelligence “at every naturally occurring opportunity” how long will it take for a “change for the better” to take place?

19.What are the three recommendations from the Dalai Lama for his “global vision” for humanity?

20.According to Howard Gardner, what are the three components of “good work”?

21.Does your current work fit this model? If so, explain how it fits the three components. If not, what kind of work do you think would fit this model for you? (Personal Reflection)

22.According to Dr. Goleman, is meditation necessarily tied to a particular religious belief? Please elaborate.

23.According to Dr. Goleman, the benefit of meditation comes from “just doing it” because it “helps enormously with getting your own internal world manageable so…” (Fill in the “…”)

24.The podcast mentions the importance of finding your own purpose and meaning in life to help you establish direction and feel connected with your journey. Have you given much thought to your own purpose and meaning? If so, what have you discovered? If not, what do you think is the value of doing so? (Personal Reflection)

25.Given what you have learned in this podcast about emotional intelligence thus far, how do you think your life would benefit if you were to improve and enhance your own emotional intelligence skills? (Personal Reflection)