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April 14, 2020

Dr. Marc Brackett and Brené on
"Permission to Feel"

Dr. Marc Brackett has dedicated his life to studying emotions and to teaching us what he’s learning. In this episode, we talk about how emotional literacy – being able to recognize, name, and understand our feelings – affects everything from learning, decision making, and creativity, to relationships, health, and performance.



Behind the Scenes

Marc and Brené on Zoom
Brené and Marc
Marc logging in for the podcast
Marc, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University
Brené, Marc, and Marc’s husband Horacio Marquinez, who is a professional cinematographer (www.horaciodp.com)

Guest Info

Marc Brackett

Marc Brackett headshotMarc Brackett, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University. His research focuses on the role of emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, health, and performance. He has published 125 scholarly articles, received numerous awards, and he is featured regularly in popular media outlets such as the New York Times, Good Morning America, The Today Show, PBS NewsHour, and many others.

Marc serves on a number of boards, including the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the nonprofit that founded the field of social and emotional learning (SEL) and works to mobilize the movement to make SEL an integral part of education.

In his groundbreaking work at Yale, he is the lead developer of RULER, an evidence-based approach to SEL that has been adopted by over 2,000 preschools to high schools across the United States and in other countries, including Australia, China, England, Italy, Mexico, and Spain. RULER infuses the principles and skills of emotional intelligence into the immune system of schools by enhancing how school administrators lead, educators teach, students learn, and families parent. Research shows that RULER boosts academic performance, decreases school problems like bullying, enriches classroom climates, reduces teacher stress and burnout, and enhances teacher instructional practices.

Marc consults regularly with corporations including Facebook, Microsoft, and Google on integrating emotional intelligence principles into employee training and product design, and is co-founder of Oji Life Lab, a digital emotional intelligence learning system for businesses.

He is the author of Permission to Feel (Macmillan/CELADON)Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help our Kids, Ourselves, and our Society Thrive.

Show Notes

Permission to Feel book cover


Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive combines rigor, science, passion and inspiration in equal parts. Too many children and adults are suffering; they are ashamed of their feelings and emotionally unskilled, but they don’t have to be. Marc Brackett’s life mission is to reverse this course, and this book can show you how.

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