Applied Final Project Scrapbook

AppliedFinal Project: Scrapbook

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Thiswebsite contains some simple graphics that mainly revolve around thetheme of intelligence. It has clearly labeled search engines thatallow one to explore further into the works of Goleman. The use ofvisual supports such as photographs and charts increase the qualityof the site. It also presents some crucial knowledge about the authorwhich may be helpful to those interested in the life of the author.

YaleCenter for Emotional Intelligence owns an excellently designedwebsite. Practical uses of visual aids that depict the variousactivities of the institution make the site more captivating to thebrowsing individuals. The navigation buttons are well labeled whichincreases easy access and the visibility properties of the site.

Intheir article, “Do Narcissism and Emotional Intelligence Win UsFriends,” Czarna, Leifeld, Śmieja, Dufner, and Salovey (2016)stated that the ability to express and control own emotions iscrucial. In the same way, people need to understand process andrespond efficiently to the feelings of other individuals. Emotionalintelligence is concerned with an individual’s ability tounderstand, portray and control their emotions.

Ichose the picture above to represent a historically contested conceptthat is used to explain the idea of success in life. The pictureindicates some of the proponents of emotional intelligence that applyin explaining the nature of the concept. It uses a simple format tovisualize the broad concept of emotional intelligence. There has beenthe constant argument, whether it is emotional intelligence thatcontributes to the individual success or it is the intelligencequotient. Websites and the article were efficient sources of furtherinformation about the issue. Websites work efficiently to providefurther details about the topic to the reader. They are easilyaccessible and have a simple design which makes them easy to use.These websites contain information that is relevant to the topic ofemotional intelligence



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Halama(2010) wrote an article exploring how the concept of hope influencedthe personality and life satisfaction among individuals. He statesthat hope was the primary driving factor among individuals even whenfaced with many challenges.

Thepicture of a dove is a perfect image for this context as it is asymbol of hope and peace. The use of the picture efficiently depictsthe topic of hope that is the driving factor towards success andprosperity among many individuals. Not only do the hands representthe people but also their abilities. The article gives a great ideaof hope that effects one’s characteristics, goals, and lifesatisfaction. Websites provide reliable information about the topicwhile the article explores the matter in a deeper sense. Thesewebsites are crucial in the provision of information relating to thesubject. Websites offer sound guidance and insight into the topic of“hope” and provide the scholars an opportunity to explore thevarious dimensions of the matter.



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Mindfulness and Positive Thinking

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Wrosch,Jobin, and Scheier (2016) conducted a study whether optimism hadvaried benefits among different people in different sector and stagesof life. Optimism results in various benefits for individuals andthey vary according to a particular context. It is important forpeople to maintain a positive at all times of life.

Iselected the picture as it was an efficient representation of theterm optimism. The picture depicts a clear explanation of a practicalcontext where the concept of optimism is used. It depicts the issuethat individuals should think from the positive perspective even whenin a challenging situation. Websites and the article explore thenature of the subject providing the relevant and necessaryinformation. Websites contain details and issues of discussionconcerning optimism and its desirability in the society. These sitesare easily accessible and well formatted to ensure that the usersidentify the navigation tools easily.



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Tran,Nilakantan, Foote, Sturgeon, Mackey, &amp Johnson (2015), wrote anarticle about the relationship between pain and happiness. The textexplores the relationship between chronic pain and happiness. Thetext reported that high levels of pain interfered with anindividual’s ability to function normally and live a happy life,

Ichose the above picture because it comes from a renowned source of aclear explanation and investigation about the nature of happinessfrom a world view. It is an intrinsic quality than what is providedby the environment. It indicates that people are responsible fortheir own happiness. Websites depict a renowned motivational speakerdealing with the issue of happiness. The article provides furtherinsight into the real nature of happiness. The article and websiteare an adequate source of further information for the reader. Theyprovide a clear insight into the matters concerning happiness andprovide several resources to understand the concept further.



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Haver,Akerjordet &amp Furunes (2014), wrote an article evaluating thereaction of the leaders to demanding situations. They conclude thatthe managers develop resilience through extensive experience andadequate emotional regulation.

Thepicture is a general overview of the components of resilience. Itindicates that it is about being fit in every way from ideas tophysical feature. Websites provide further information about thetopic from various modern individuals and sites, while the articleprovides a brief overview of the matter. The article shows detailsabout the features of resilient individual, providing furtherinformation about the importance of developing a resilient attitude.More information about how to build one’s resilience can be foundon websites.


Emotionalintelligence implies that a person can control and contain hisemotions and does not allow them to hinder their thinking or behavior(Goleman,Boyatzis, &amp McKee, 2013).Emotions are the greatest weakness among individuals and they alwaysthreaten to ruin the rationality of an individual’s thoughts. Theissue of emotional intelligence has been popping up in manydiscussions and literature, thereby gaining more and more interest.Emotional intelligence is the ability of an individual to avoidgetting overwhelmed by their personal feelings (Haver,Akerjordet &amp Furunes, 2014).

Manypeople have mastered the art of controlling their emotions andpassions and do not become angry when faced with a stressfulencounter or too excited when they get in a pleasant situation.Instead, those individuals with emotional intelligence have theability to control their feelings, look at a particular situation andcome up with an adequate solution efficiently (Goleman,Boyatzis, &amp McKee, 2013).There have been many contests on whether it is the emotionalintelligence or the intelligence quotient that influence anindividual’s success in life.

Reflectingon the video, it is true that emotional intelligence is a key toself-realization and control. The people with adequate emotionalcontrol tendencies tend to have a more settled life, with more stablerelationships and interpersonal interactions. On the other handintelligence quotient mainly concerns an individual`s intellectualcapacity and ability to understand matters. One may have an adequateunderstanding of life situations but lack individual control of one`slife, which is a threat to personal success (Goleman,Boyatzis, &amp McKee, 2013).

Peopleexhibit different character traits, personalities, and needs (Wong,2012).In the same way, individuals exhibit different mechanisms ofexpressing their emotions. The emotional intelligence comes in atthis instance in trying to understand the variations in emotionalintelligence by assessing the way an individual is affected by theiremotions (Wong,2012).Therefore, emotional intelligence is a sound basis for analyzing thedegree of impact of particular emotions among various people.

Thework of Snyder on Hope is a great inspiration for many individualsespecially those encountering challenging situations (Wong,2012).Stressful situations are common in the society, and they face manypeople who react by either giving up or persisting and findingsolutions to the problems. Once a person arrives at a dead end andcan identify another technique of solving their problems, then theycan be termed to have a hopeful perception towards life (Wong,2012).Snyder indicates that the enthusiastic thinkers have a greaterpotential of achieving more in life because they are physically andpsychologically fit than the less enthusiastic individuals (Wong,2012).The most important aspects of Snyder’s work concerned hope andforgiveness between people and he mainly focused on the Hope Theoryarguing that three significant issues influence hopeful thinkingnamely the goals, pathways, and agency.

Accordingto Snyder, people should approach life with specific aims drivingthem and ensure that they have identified various techniques toachieve one particular purpose (Wong,2012).Individuals need to have the inward motivation, which increases theirpotential for achieving specific goals. There is a high possibilitythat even the best-drafted plans can go astray. In this case, it isthe hope of individuals that keep them going and tackling the lifechallenges at all times. Hope is not only a happy feeling but also ahuman survival technique that is difficult to do without (Wong,2012).

Optimismis the ability of an individual to see the positive side of asituation even if it is not favorable (Benatar, 2010). For instance,instead of seeing a glass with water as half empty, an optimist wouldview it as half full. Optimism is one of the most desirable charactertraits among individual as it helps to navigate life challenges witheasier attitude (Benatar, 2010). The positive people consistently usebenevolent motivations to translate situations to the best possiblemode. The certain individuals do not let their external environmentaffect their personal moods no matter how tragic a situation seems.

Optimismis a quality that should be more common among the individuals.Winston Churchill criticized the pessimists for viewing the hard sideof a challenge and stated that the optimist sees the positive aspectof any situation. Gratitude is often associated with optimism becausegrateful people are happier, receive more support, and are lessstressed (Benatar, 2010). Optimism is a crucial quality towards thesuccess in an individual’s life. Even after failing in one aspectof life, an optimist person is not likely to lose their faith and itis their intrinsic qualities that drive them to achieve even more inlife.

Optimistindividuals are less likely to give up in a difficult situation, andthey have an inward motivation and strength that keep them going,unlike the pessimists who are likely to lose hope whenever faced withany challenge. However, the optimists are realistic individuals andcan identify a case that could only result in a dead end situation(Benatar, 2010). Hence, they tend to avoid wasting time onunrealistic projects. Optimist individuals have more potential of aquick recovery from disappointments than the pessimists, as they canidentify the positive outcomes to a larger extent than thepessimists. Due to their experience in encountering problems andfinding efficient solutions, the optimists are likely to have aneasier time when faced with certain challenges and are likely tosolve the matter than the pessimists efficiently (Benatar, 2010).

Therehas been much inquiry done on the efficient techniques of boostingthe positive moods of individuals and how to capitalize on uniquestrengths (Martinez&amp Scott, 2014).Happiness is more like a feeling of contentment with a person’slife than with anything else. Happiness is often associated withmental and physical health among individuals. Many studies hold thata gay population makes up a healthy nation. Happiness is crucial forthe wellbeing of the society as happy people tend to be moreproductive and efficient in completing their tasks (Martinez&amp Scott, 2014).Happiness is also a critical factor affecting the interactionsbetween individuals. Happy people interact more their counterpartsthan the troubled individuals.

Manyfactors can contribute to a person’s happiness such as careerprogress, a fulfilling relationship, living in a supportive communityand economic status of the individual (Martinez&amp Scott, 2014).Though there are no provisions that wealth provides any sense ofhappiness, on the contrary, it provided adequate opportunities for anindividual to stay happy. One can choose to be unhappy even when hehas all the possibilities in the earth to live a happy life (Martinez&amp Scott, 2014).Happiness is a matter of individual choices than societal orenvironmental influence. Many campaigns are conducted to change thepeople to adopt or chose to live a happy life and observe soundpractices. Avoiding risky behaviors such as irresponsible drinking isa key to maintaining a happy life as it assists the individuals tokeep trouble and problems at bay (Halama,2010).It is, therefore, necessary for an individual to control their livesso that they can live healthy and happy life (Martinez&amp Scott, 2014).

Resilienceis a unique quality among people that help them to persist in theface of problems and even grow stronger out of the experience (West,Stewart, Foster, &amp Usher, 2012).Instead of letting failure overcome them, resilient individuals finda way to come back around and rebuild their success (Czarna,Leifeld, Śmieja, Dufner, &amp Salovey, 2016).Failure is only a lesson than a humiliation to the resilient people.Resilience is an ineffable quality among select individuals who arenot quick at losing hope and are ready to learn from differentexperiences (West,Stewart, Foster, &amp Usher, 2012).Not only are the resilient people optimistic, but they are also happywith their lives and view the occurrences as an ordinary experiencerather than victimization.

Theabove topics of Emotional intelligence, hope, optimism, happiness andresilience are some factors that have the profound level ofconnections (West,Stewart, Foster, &amp Usher, 2012).These factors work collectively to make the lives of individualsbetter and more fulfilling. One of these factors has the potential ofinfluencing the other and thus on the person’s life. These factorsmay be considered to be the tenets of human survival (West,Stewart, Foster, &amp Usher, 2012).


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Czarna,A. Z., Leifeld, P., Śmieja, M., Dufner, M., &amp Salovey, P.(2016). Do Narcissism and

EmotionalIntelligence Win Us Friends? Modeling Dynamics of Peer PopularityUsing Inferential Network Analysis. Personality and Social PsychologyBulletin, 42(11), 1588-1599. doi: 10.1177/0146167216666265

Goleman,D., Boyatzis, R. E., &amp McKee, A. (2013). PrimalLeadership: Unleashing the Power

ofEmotional Intelligence.Boston, MA: Harvard Business Review Press.

Halama,P. (2010). Hopeas a mediator between personality traits and lifesatisfaction.&nbspStudia Psychologica,&nbsp52(4),309-314.

Haver,A., Akerjordet, K., &amp Furunes, T. (2014). Wiseemotion regulation and the power of resilience in experiencedhospitality leaders.&nbspScandinavianJournal of Hospitality and Tourism,&nbsp14(2),152-169.

Martinez,C. T., &amp Scott, C. (2014). InSearch of the Meaning of Happiness through Flow and Spirituality.&nbspInternationalJournal of Health, Wellness &amp Society,&nbsp4(1),37-49.

Tran,P., Nilakantan, A., Foote, A., Sturgeon, D., Mackey, S., &ampJohnson, K. (2015). (177) Pain interference mediates the relationshipbetween pain and happiness.&nbspTheJournal of Pain,&nbsp16(4),S20.

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Wrosch,C., Jobin, J., &amp Scheier, M. F. (2016). Dothe Emotional Benefits of Optimism Vary

AcrossOlder Adulthood? A Life Span Perspective.&nbspJournalof personality.doi:10.1111/jopy.12247.