how do we go about teaching "soft skills" and emotional intelligence? 

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Emotional intelligence is something learned. 

During the Spring semester of 2018, I participated in an intensive emotional intelligence course, and during that time I designed and created an online course on emotional intelligence for Brown University with three other students. 

Topics covered include: perception vs. reality of events, recognising triggers, effective and persuasive communication, influence of childhood events on your adult self, establishing a vision, goal-setting, overcoming fears, etc.