Emotional Imprint
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Emotional Imprint™ is an innovative K-12th grade curriculum in emotional literacy: the capacity to use emotions as a tool for understanding and problem solving.
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Why Do We Have War, and What Can Our Generation Do About It? Conversations with Dr. Vamık D. Volkan and Lord John Alderdice

In January, 2014, seven Emotional Imprint interns led a forum, "Why Do We Have War, and What Can Our Generation Do About It?" They interviewed Dr. Vamık D. Volkan, a four-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee who has led mediation efforts on the world stage. He is globally renowned for his work on the dynamics of prejudice, ethnic conflict and the forces that lead to war.

Lord John Alderdice, a key negotiator who helped bring peace to the conflict in Northern Ireland during the 1990's speaks with students from NYC. During the discussion he answers their questions including the primary question posed in this ongoing series of videos - 'Why do we have war and what can our generation do about it?'

From Changing Our Consciousness on Vimeo.

Thanks to Sheryll Franko and Falling Awake Productions for this short video containing highlights from their interview. I hope you find time to watch and think about it. It contains some very important ideas.

The need for a New Language: Emotional Literacy

Human Understanding requires Empathic Imagination – the ability to imagine the emotional experience of the other. This is a task as complex as Shakespeare and rocket science to master, but it can be taught. And it must be taught, in an educational trajectory that's given the same weight as every other academic subject, from elementary through PhD programs.

Many students graduate from American schools lacking skills necessary for group problem solving, effective leadership, and responding to others whom they perceive to be “different.” They may instinctively treat those perceived as different with distrust, fear and contempt. Such rigid modes of experiencing, feeling and thinking lead to conflict. Furthermore, poor social and emotional skills have been negatively correlated with academic success. Existing social and emotional literacy programs have achieved some success in improving students’ ability to collaborate, reason with less bias, and assume leadership roles; however, they are often squeezed into an already full academic day, and are rarely implemented across grades or cohesively taught.

Emotional Imprint™ takes an innovative pedagogical approach to teaching emotional literacy by integrating it with the existing core curriculum. In an Emotional Imprint™ classroom, young people study the ways in which feelings play a role in learning and decision-making. Through academic work, students develop greater insight into their own and others’ emotions, improve their ability to read and respond to emotional communications of others, and internalize that insight. Our use of thought experiments as a teaching tool encourages students to deepen their understanding of self, other, and text.

Please explore our website and learn more about Emotional Imprint™. And feel free at any time to share your comments or suggestions by contacting Emotional Imprint™ Founder and Director, Dr. Alice L. Maher.

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