Emotional Intelligence

The Sentient Prenate: What Every Parent Should Know

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Abstract: In the 1980’s parents in large numbers were first introduced to the sensitive, perceptive, conscious, and cognitive prenate. This paper summarizes the evidence from major research findings, demonstrating that prenates are 1) sensitive and aware, 2) learn and dream, and 3) are social and communicative. Well-designed experimental programs in prenatal enrichment confirm the intelligence and receptivity of womb babies. A closing section describes the special resources now available to parents who want to deliberately enhance prenatal bonding and communication.

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The Relationship Between Emotional Intelligence of Mothers and Problem Behavior in Their Young Children: A Longitudinal Analysis

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We studied the relationship between the emotional intelligence of mothers and problem behavior in their young children. The study covered 65 mothers who answered questionnaires during all of the studied phases, i.e., when the child was a fetus, and when it was 2, 3, 4, and 5 years old. The emotional intelligence of the mothers was measured with Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i: Bar-On, 1997). The results showed a relationship between certain areas of emotional intelligence of the mothers and problem behavior in their children.

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