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Susan David

Why Emotional Agility Is The Most Important Skill You Need To Know


With all of the changes happening so rapidly in the world we live in today, our ability to keep our emotions under control and stay calm despite these constantly changing circumstances has become more important than ever before. If we’re being honest with ourselves, we no longer know what the world will look like 5 years from now – and being so connected to all of the highs and lows of the world through social media probably doesn’t help much either. 

By becoming the regulators of our own emotions, we can stay in the driver’s seat of our hearts and minds, which will help us and those around us be more at peace. My guest today is an award-winning psychologist who has dedicated her career to better understanding how we can become more emotionally resilient. Her name is Susan David and I’m SO excited to have her on the show today.

“Just like we outgrow our clothes, we outgrow strategies.” @susandavid_phd  

Susan David, Ph.D. is one of the world’s leading management thinkers and an award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist. She has spent the past two decades studying how the way we navigate our emotions shapes everything that matters: our actions, careers, relationships, health, and happiness.

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. Emotional Agility has been translated into 30 languages and is winner of numerous accolades including Amazon’s Best Books of the Year Award and the Books for a Better Life Psychology Award. Dr. David’s TED Talk on emotional agility has been viewed by more than 10 million people.

Dr. David trained as a clinical psychologist. She completed her Ph.D. and a post-doctorate at Yale University on emotions research. She is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and is a Cofounder of the Institute of Coaching (a Harvard Medical School/McLean affiliate). She lives with her family outside of Boston.

If you’re ready to learn how to master the art of emotional intelligence, how to regulate your feelings during times of stress, and how to develop an authentic sense of happiness and contentment, then this episode is for you! And now, I hope you’ll join me for Episode 1,297 of The School of Greatness.

“Self-compassion is the cornerstone to thriving and resilience.” @susandavid_phd  

Some Questions I Ask:

  • How do we learn to believe that we are worthy of love?
  • What happens when we aren’t clear on our values?
  • What is emotional agility?
  • What is self-bias?
  • When we experience difficult emotions, how do we find peace and calm?

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why emotional regulation is the key skill for our current world.
  • The false narrative behind good and bad emotions. 
  • To reshape the way you think about positivity. 
  • The importance behind journaling on a regular basis.
  • How to find authentic happiness.
  • How to have contextual awareness.
  • How to recognize your emotions as data. 
  • How to outgrow your prior mental strategies. 
  • How to see your own self-bias.
  • Plus much more…
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