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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.
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  • 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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Are bullied kids prone to suicidal behaviour?

Children who experienced severe peer victimisation were more than twice as likely to report depression or low moods at age 15, and three times more likely to report anxiety

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Victimization in early school days leads to anxiety. Pixabay
Victimization in early school days leads to anxiety. Pixabay
  • Children face most severe levels of victimization from the beginning of their schooling.
  • These kids develop significant symptoms of suicidal behaviour and anxiety.
  • Even after the victimization ends, it affects still pertains.

A study found that children who face bullying can be at a risk of developing mental health issues, suicidal thoughts and anxiety in their years. For the study, the team looked at 1,363 children who were followed until the age of 15 years.

About 59 percent of participants had experienced some peer victimisation in the first years of elementary school, although it generally declined as the children grew older.

“Our findings showed a general tendency, in about 15 percent of the children, of being exposed to the most severe levels of victimisation from the beginning of their education until the transition to high school,” said Marie-Claude Geoffroy, from the McGill University in Canada.

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Even though victimization can end after school days, its affect still pertains. Pixabay
Even though victimization can end after school days, its affect still pertains. Pixabay

Findings

  • Children who experienced severe peer victimisation were more than twice as likely to report depression or low moods at age 15, and three times more likely to report anxiety.
  • This group of children were also 3.5 times more likely to report serious suicidal thoughts or attempt suicide.

“Those children were at greater risk of debilitating depressive/dysthymic symptoms or anxiety and of suicidality in adolescence than less severely victimised children, even after we accounted for a plethora of confounders assessed throughout childhood,” Geoffroy added.

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“Although peer victimisation starts to decrease by the end of childhood, individuals in the severe trajectory group were still being exposed to the highest level of victimisation in early adolescence,” Geoffroy noted.

Severe peer victimisation may contribute to the development of mental health problems in adolescence, thus, it is important to prevent victimisation early in the lifespan, the results suggest.

The study was published in journal CMAJ. (IANS)