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Exclusive: The need to Build Emotional Intelligence in Children

Tracking and cultivating a child’s emotional and social strengths helps in building a strong foundation for future

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Chief Psychologist Sadia Saeed Raval of Inner Space.
  • It is observed that a positive environment around the kid helps them manage personal feelings better
  • Reducing dependency helps the child decide and learn through trial/error method
  • Mindfulness and meditation is the key, says Sadia Saeed Raval, the chief psychologist at Inner Space

New Delhi, July 26, 2017: Ever since its inception, emotional intelligence is considered as a spectral key to success. Even though the concept has recently gained popularity, traditionally there have been contradictory opinions on it and it is commonly misconstrued, discarded or highly favored. But to truly capture the ideology behind “emotional intelligence” and to be able to incorporate it in our personal lives, we need to understand what it means.

Reporter Nivedita Motwani of NewsGram got in touch with Chief Psychologist at Inner Space Therapy, a counseling and psychotherapy center to discuss the importance of emotional intelligence in children.

While depression and anxiety issues are being more commonly diagnosed in the adults and the youth across the globe, a larger cause of concern is the alarming rate at which these issues are increasing amongst children. In a WHO report, it was observed that almost 5 crore people are being diagnosed with depression in India and an alarming rate of that fraction was from the age slab of 15-29 years.

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Depression and anxiety related issues are rising in the kids in recent times, be it because of cut-throat competitions or bullying. Kids are becomings emotionally vulnerable and more prone to such disorders. Building their emotional graph at an early stage has become very necessary in recent times. It is often observed that kids with a higher emotional intelligence grow up to be well rounded human being and contribute more positively to the environment as opposed to the ones who are not very responsive to emotional and social activities.

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The Importance of a Positive Environment: There are several reasons affecting the child’s temperament – it can be inborn or conditioned culturally or caused by disabilities. Most of the behavior is modeled by adults, active influences, and the environment around them; the positive environment is manifested in the child’s temperament and reactive abilities. It is integrated in the manner in which they manage their personal feelings as they grow and begin to actively participate in social exchanges.

Reducing Dependency is the Key: Often parents make their kids highly dependent on them and limit their experiences by controlling their reactions. Kids when taught to decide for them, begin to learn through trial/error method and grow emotionally. They learn through mistakes and tiny milestones, and when an experience like – learning to socially indulge, comes from within; they lack social awkwardness and grow up to be confident individuals. While parents may find it difficult to transfer such responsibility to their kids, as they might consider their children to be gullible and naive and might feel the need to protect them. But the only way they can protect them is by not inducing the need for dependency and by gradually teaching their kids to tackle situations on their own.

Recovery through Mindful Indulgences: When NewsGram asked Sadia Saeed Raval, Chief Psychologist at Inner Space Therapy, a counseling and psychotherapy Center that how the kids in therapy are treated and what engagement methods she uses to make kids comfortable? She said, ‘Child counseling primarily involves ‘play therapy’ in addition to the commonly used talk therapy. Children, owing to their still developing language and communication skills often cannot express themselves verbally. They can relate to symbols better, such as are found in stories, picture books, puppets, and drawings. This also makes therapy enjoyable for children.’

She further explained that at Inner Space they follow the 3 steps sessions, i.e. – through self-expression, identifying the root of behavior, and thereafter, modifying behavior.

– reported by Nivedita Motwani of NewsGram. Twitter @Mind_Makeup


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Poor Dental Health can Lead to Obesity in Children

The study found a direct relationship between poor dental health leading to a rise in BMI (Body Mass Index) and extra body fat.

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Poor Dental Health can Lead to Obesity in Children. Pixabay
  • Worried about your child’s obesity problems? It’s high time you curbed his love for sugary drinks and junk food. A little focus on dental care may also prevent your child gaining excess weight, says a new study.

The study found a direct relationship between poor dental health leading to a rise in BMI (Body Mass Index) and extra body fat.

“Weight can be a sensitive subject, but if you talk about eating behaviors alongside dental health, you are looking at the issue from a different angle,” said Louise Arvidsson, a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

“The question is whether a healthy diet can have the effect also in young children. There has been a lot of focus on physical activity and mental health in children, but diet is an increasingly recognized aspect.”

The researchers reviewed the eating behavior, body fat and dental health of 271 small children. The height, weight and food intake of the children were kept under observation for one day and then checked for the prevalence of cariogenic microorganisms in saliva.

The results found that the children who had a higher amount of carries bacteria also had higher BMI and worse eating habits.

The children were suggested to consume whole grain products, 400-500 grams of fruit and vegetables per day, fish two to three times a week and a low intake of sugar and saturated fat.

Arvidsson mentioned in the thesis, conducted at the University’s Sahlgrenska Academy, that with good food comes increased self-esteem, better relationships with friends and fewer emotional problems

Rather, parents who try to change the regime of their children by asking them to eat less during childhood can see serious repercussions of overweight problems in later life.(IANS)

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Lack of Social Communication Skills may cause Increase in Health Problems

How can lack of Social communication skills affect your mental health?

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Lack of Social Communication Skills may cause Increase in Health Problems. Pixabay
  • Are you left out by your friends due to improper communicative techniques? Beware, as it may take a toll on your health. New research reveals that people with poor social skills may be at a greater risk of developing mental as well as physical health problems.

Importance of Social Communication Skills in avoiding Mental Health Problems

Social skills refer to the communication skills that allow people to interact effectively and appropriately with others. They are mostly learned over time, originating in the family and continuing throughout life.

The use of technology, like texting, is probably one of the biggest impediments to developing social skills among young people nowadays, the researchers said.

“We have known for a long time that social skills are associated with mental health problems like depression and anxiety,” said Chrin Segrin, a professor at the University of Arizona.

“But it was not known definitively that social skills were also predictive of poorer physical health. Two variables — loneliness and stress — appear to be the glue that bind poor social skills to health. People with poor social communication skills have high levels of stress and loneliness in their lives,” Segrin added.

The researchers studied over 775 people, aged between 18 to 91 years, and were provided a questionnaire addressing their social communication skills, stress, loneliness, and mental and physical health.

The results found that the participants who had deficits in those skills reported more stress, loneliness, and poorer mental and physical health.

The study, published in the journal Health Communication, mentioned that while the negative effects of stress on the body have been known for a long time, loneliness is a more recently recognized health risk factor. It is as serious a risk as smoking, obesity or eating a high-fat diet with lack of exercise.(IANS)

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‘At one point, I even had suicidal thoughts and wanted to end things’, says Bollywood Actress Ileana D’Cruz

Actress Ileana D'Cruz was once suffering from depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Watch out what she has to say.

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Actress Ileana D'Cruz . wikimedia commons
  • Actress Ileana D’Cruz, who suffered depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder, says at one point in her life she felt suicidal.
  • But once she accepted herself, she started feeling better.

Actress Ileana D’Cruz suffered from Body Dysmorphic Disorder

At the 21st World Congress of Mental Health here on Sunday, Ileana had a tete-a-tete with Organising Chairman Sunil Mittal on her struggle with depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Ileana was also awarded the Woman of Substance Award for her efforts towards raising awareness about mental health, read a statement.

She said: “I was always a very self-conscious person and was picked on for my body type. I used to feel low and sad all the time but didn’t know I was suffering from depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder till I got help. All I wanted to do was to be accepted by everyone.

“At one point, I even had suicidal thoughts and wanted to end things. However, all of it changed when I accepted myself and what I was going through. I think that is the first step towards fighting depression.”

The “Barfi!” and “Rustom” actress said depression is “real” and people shouldn’t shy away from seeking help.

“It is a chemical imbalance in your brain and needs to be treated. Don’t sit back and think it will get okay but go get help. Like you have a sprain and go get yourself checked if you have depression, seek help,” she said, urging people to be like Winnie the Pooh. “He wore a crop top, ate his favorite food all day and loved himself, you can too.”

Ileana D’Cruz, whose mother was her biggest pillar of strength throughout, also said imperfections are a part of life.

“I am not saying that I had this miraculous recovery, every day is a process, every day is a step towards healing yourself and getting better. You are a human being and are allowed to be imperfect, and you are allowed to be flawed. There is a lot of beauty in your imperfections, in your uniqueness.

“You may look at us actors and think that ‘Oh my God, they are so pretty, so perfect’. But that’s not how it is. It takes two hours to get ready and look like this. Love yourself for who you are and trust me if you are happy from within, you are the most beautiful person and your smile is your best asset.”

Ileana D’Cruz said she decided to open up about her struggle because “as someone people look up to, even if I can help a handful of people cope, it is worth talking about it”.

The World Congress was organized by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), a global alliance of mental health professionals, national health associations, NGOs, policy experts and other institutions.( IANS)