Nov 30, 2008
By: Alvaro Fernandez
Great article in the New York Times on Obama’s emotional self-regulation abilities:
The Cool Factor: Never Let Them See You Sweat
– “We even elevate such equilibrium to the superhuman: calm, as applied to No Drama Obama, often comes linked to the modifier “preternatural.”
– “But the calm temperament is not so superhuman, nor is it entirely the gift of the chosen few. It can be cultivated, even as the world cleaves around us.”
– “So how do we get there without a steady diet of beta blockers and Xanax? Calm, per se, doesn’t appear in the taxonomy of those who study personality and temperament.”
As the article later discloses, this ability is often called “emotional self-regulation” by cognitive scientists, and its development can assisted with tools such as meditation, cognitive therapy and biofeedback.
Perhaps one day this will be part of everybody’s school curriculum and leadership programs?