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Emotional Intelligence From a Teenage Perspective: Maximilian Park (Transcript) 

Here is the full transcript of Maximilian Park’s talk titled “Emotional Intelligence From a Teenage Perspective” at TEDxYouth@PVPHS conference.

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Last Year’s Ultimate Rejection

Last year, I experienced what I call the ultimate rejection from not one but two people at the same time. And I don’t need to go into too much detail about that, because that’s the short story. But what is more important, the long story, is what happened after. It hurt. It really hurt. It’s kind of like that feeling when someone follows you on Instagram, so you follow them back and one week later you realize they unfollowed you. But times a hundred. I try to sleep as much as possible to escape my pain.

But after being brought back to reality, I’d wake up crying. It was like this cruel joke my brain was playing on me, tricking me into this false sense of comfort with my dreams, only to be brought back into a world where my body burned through each hour of consciousness. I isolated myself, successfully losing friendships I’d spent years cultivating. I didn’t go to school. I struggled with homework. And I was constantly overwhelmed by anxiety, always feeling like I was dancing at the edge of a cliff.

Of course, my family, my friends, and my classmates were there. But when you feel like you’re drowning in loneliness and your emotions get the best of you, everyone just seems so far away. I needed a life raft. And the reason I couldn’t handle these emotions is because I did not have a high emotional intelligence quotient.

The Rising Tide of Anxiety

Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand your emotions and respond to them effectively. And I’m not the only one who’s had this problem. Anxiety and depression are rapidly increasing in high schoolers, and even middle schoolers. The American College Health Association found a significant increase from 50% in 2011 to 62% in 2016 of undergraduates reporting overwhelming anxiety.

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