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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: July 2019

3 - Use Emotions to Diagnose Problems and Move Forward

from Section I - Develop Your Creative Abilities


This chapter discusses the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in research. While there has been increasing recognition that emotions can affect researchers’ productivity, emotions are often framed as a problem to be solved. But your desires, fears, and subtle motivations can also become a source of intelligence and insight for your research. This chapter explores ways to use emotional self-awareness, self-compassion, and empathy for your colleagues and research subjects as a means to diagnose and prevent problems.