What is the Emotional Bank Account? When it comes to improving and maintaining our relationships with others, Stephen Covey’s metaphor of the Emotional Bank Account is probably one of the most powerful metaphors ever created for the development of interpersonal relationships. If you’ve never heard of this, it basically means that anyone with whom we have a relationship with, whether it be our coworkers, family or friends, we maintain an “emotional” bank account with them. This account begins on a neutral balance. And just as with any bank account, we can make deposits and withdrawals. However, instead of dealing with units of monetary value, we deal with emotional units. 12th Man – Texas A&M Aggies The emotional units that Covey speaks of are centered around trust. When we make emotional deposits into someone’s bank account, their fondness, trust, and confidence in us grows.

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    ASSIGNMENT: choose 1 or 2 close relationships and apply any of the below areas of making deposits and actively work on ‘making deposits’ into that person or person’s emotional bank account.

    Here are six major ways of making deposits, according to Covey, into Emotional Bank Accounts and how we can avoid making withdrawals. Obviously, every relationship is different, so you have to find what works for that individual encounter. I know deposits for my daughter is much different than my son. Adidas Superstar Uomo

    1. Understanding the Individual In Covey’s book, The 7 habits of highly effective people, one of the 7 habits is “seek first to understand then to be understood”. Truly understanding what others are feeling is not always that easy. nike chaussures We must remove ourselves from our egocentric viewpoint and put ourselves into the minds and shoes of others. One major fault of a lot of people is when communicating with others they tend to be thinking about what they are going to say next. Truly understanding someone requires us to wholly and completely concentrate on what the other person is trying to say, not reloading and waiting to fire off your response. Adidas Yeezy 350 Donna

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