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Dr. Susan David

How to Overcome & Take Back Control of Your Emotions

Do you have emotional agility?

When you go to the gym, you most likely work on agility, right? The ability to move quickly, be flexible, and adjust to strenuous situations.

But when was the last time you worked on emotional agility?

When things don’t go our way, it’s easy to let our emotions take control. Whether it’s a breakup, a failed job interview, or a loss on the field, it’s difficult to keep our emotions from spiraling out of control. When things don’t go our way, we often respond with:

Why is this happening to me?

I don’t deserve this!

What am I going to do now?!

These emotions only worsen in situations where we’re triggered by something that has affected us before. For instance, if you’ve had friends betray you in the past, it’s easy to feel defensive if a friend behaves in a way you weren’t expecting.

While these emotional reactions are natural, they aren’t always constructive. Sometimes, our emotional reactions can cause more pain than the problem itself. They keep us stuck in the past, and we end up repeating the same emotional habits over and over again.

This is where emotional agility comes into play. When we can learn to become emotionally agile, we can respond to situations rather than react defensively to them.

This is a valuable skill, and today’s guest — Dr. Susan David — is going to teach it to us.

“Discomfort is the price of admission to a meaningful life.” @SusanDavid_PhD  

Susan David, Ph.D. is one of the world’s leading management thinkers and an award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist. Her #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling book Emotional Agility, based on the concept that Harvard Business Review heralded as a Management Idea of the Year and winner of the Thinkers50 Breakthrough Idea Award, describes the psychological skills critical to thriving in times of complexity and change.

Susan challenges a culture that prizes positivity over emotional truth and explores how the way we deal with our emotions shapes everything that matters:  our actions, careers, relationships, health, and happiness. Susan’s TED Talk on the topic of emotional agility has been seen by more than 8 million people.

She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and guest on national radio and television. Named on the Thinkers50 global list of top management thinkers, Susan is a sought-after keynote speaker and advisor, with clients that include the World Economic Forum, EY, United Nations, Google, Microsoft, NASDAQ, and many other national and multinational organizations.

Susan trained as a clinical psychologist and completed her Ph.D. and post-doctorate at Yale University on emotions research. She is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and is a Co-founder of the Institute of Coaching (a Harvard Medical School/McLean affiliate).

Join me on Episode 1,089 to learn how to overcome and take back control of your emotions with the incredible Dr. Susan David!

“Courage is not the absence of fear but fear walking.” @SusanDavid_PhD  

Some Questions I Ask:

  • Why is it the hardest to have emotional agility around?
  • What’s the difference between reframing a story, but not living in a state of forced positivity?
  • What are the components of Emotional Agility?

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to develop emotional agility in your life.
  • How to respond in moments that we feel triggered.
  • The science behind values and why they’re so important.
  • How Susan believes we should set goals for ourselves.
  • The biggest misconception people have about creating change in their lives.
  • Plus much more…
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