How to Build Your Emotional Agility and Resilience

Susan David, Ph.D. & Joan Rosenberg, Ph.D.

Find out ways to move through unpleasant feelings, manage your emotions, and even master the art of productive confrontation.


In this Episode of The Human Upgrade™...

…you’ll learn that being adaptive to change is a skill you can cultivate. One of the most sustainable ways to keep going with the flow is knowing how to build emotional awareness. These two guests give tips on managing your emotional states so you can be more resilient in all areas of your life.

Expert psychologist, trainer and speaker Joan Rosenberg, Ph.D., (top left in photo) guides yoou to achieve your highest potential by teaching you how to be in control of your own emotions. 

Award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist Susan David, Ph.D., (top right in photo) describes all the psychological skills necessary for you to thrive in uncertain times. She challenges the common attitude that you have to “fix” your difficult emotions through positive thinking. 

“Emotional agility is about the capacity to be with ourselves,” Susan says. “That includes our difficult thoughts and emotions and stories and past experiences in a way that’s compassionate and curious and that doesn’t hold us back from being the people that we most want to be.”

Since you can’t get away from emotions, there’s power in knowing how to deal with them. “We’ve got to be able to reconnect with ourselves so that we can move forward in the world,” Susan says.

Get ready to learn some foundational skills that will make you an emotional agility pro.

“The way we deal with our inner world drives everything. It drives how we love and come to our relationships, how we live, how we parent and how we lead.”

Susan David, Ph.D.

About Joan:

The author of 90 Seconds to a Life You Love: How to Master Your Difficult Feelings to Cultivate Lasting Confidence, Resilience, and Authenticity,” teaches you how to be in control of your own emotions.

Joan guides you through eight unpleasant feelings she’s pinpointed: sadness, shame, helplessness, anger, vulnerability, embarrassment, disappointment and frustration. She says the best way to approach these feelings is with confrontation and empathy.

  • “The single most important thing I can do is to recognize someone’s pain, and just in essence, hold a mirror up to it, even if it sounds like you’re saying the things that are so obvious,” Joan says. “It has a huge impact of calming someone else’s nervous system down.”

About Susan: 

She’s the author of “Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life,” based on 20 years of research of how to get through uncertainty 

  • “For people to be healthy with themselves, with the inner worlds, these are not soft skills,” Susan says. “These are the most fundamental skills that we can have as human beings.”

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