Since its introduction by Daniel Goleman and others, emotional intelligence has been used primarily in Fortune 500 Corporations to improve performance, increase sales and enhance leadership skills.
Joshua Freedman and his organization, Six Seconds, expanded the reach of emotional intelligence into grade schools and small organizations. In addition, Freedman began training and certifying providers worldwide to provide EI Assessments and Intervention.
Anger management and Executive Coaching/Anger Management for “disruptive physicians” is now one of the largest practice sources for skill enhancement in emotional intelligence worldwide. Emotional intelligence is a powerful intervention for motivated participants. Unfortunately, there are few resources for interested individuals to take advantage of this life changing resource. Ideally, EI should be made available to everyone just like counseling or psychotherapy. The purpose is not to treat emotional problems but rather to enhance skills in the wide range of areas that are the domain of emotional intelligence.
Anger management uses non-psychiatric assessments designed to determine the participants’ level of functioning in recognizing and managing anger and stress, as well as increasing competence in assertive communication and empathy/emotional intelligence.
Organizational Anger Management is now being used in business and industry. Human Resource Managers have surpassed Courts in referring “disruptive” employees to anger management classes. Prisons, Jails, Schools, as well as Offices of Judicial Affairs, are referring participants to anger management classes which use emotional intelligence as its core components. In summary, emotional intelligence-based anger management programs are rapidly becoming the biggest providers of EI skill enhancement worldwide.
George Anderson, MSW, BCD, CAMF, CEAP
Diplomat, American Association of Anger Management Providers
Anderson & Anderson®, The Trusted Name in Anger Management