EQ on My iPod — Self-Regard

What songs make you feel good about yourself and increase your emotional intelligence (EQ)?

One of the hardest EQ elements to increase is Self-Regard. One action you can take not only to maintain your self-image, but even boost your confidence and self-esteem is surround yourself with positive thoughts—ideas and messages that reinforce high Self-Regard. My Self-Regard Playlist these days would have to include the following songs. Click the album graphic to hear the song.

Emotional Intelligence TrainingTitanium, David Guetta featuring Sia

“You shoot me down, but I won’t fall. I am titanium.” Like an updated version of Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me with Your Best Shot”, this song is about strength and confidence.



Emotional Intelligence TrainingThe Greatest Love of All, Whitney Houston

There was a time in 1986 that you could not turn on the radio without hearing this anthem for Self-Regard reminding us that you can’t do much of anything without a foundation of respect and love for yourself.



Emotional Intelligence TrainingI Am, I Said, Neil Diamond

A dark horse in this list, Neil Diamond’s classic song sounds like a shout from the darkness of isolation and depression that “I am.” I am worthy of attention, love, and happiness.



Emotional Intelligence TrainingRespect Yourself, Staples Singers

This classic soul hit from 1971 was a much needed but seldom heard (at the time) call to self-sufficiency and self-respect.



Emotional Intelligence TrainingYou Gotta Be, Des’ree

In this song, Des’ree serves as a funky life coach as she offers gentle reminders, “You gotta be bad; you gotta be bold; you gotta be wiser.”



Emotional Intelligence TrainingThe World’s Greatest, R Kelly

After R Kelly gave us the Self-Regard anthem, “I Believe I Can Fly”, he released one even better. “I’m that star up in the sky; I’m that mountain peak up high. Hey, I made it; I’m the world’s greatest.”


What is on your Self-Regard playlist?

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