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Introduction to the case study

The case study which follows was set in North London and Heidelberg, a university town in Germany. The main actors in this case study are a father and his daughter. The father, an American by birth, had lived and travelled all over the world, from Japan and Africa, where he studied, to India, Nepal and Belgium, where he worked for many years. The father, an Anthropologist, was the inspiration for the anthropological methods used in the analyses of the data collected by the mother a Psychologist. In this second part of the book, themes discussed in the ®rst part of the book are reexamined. In this second part, fostering a concept of emotional intelligence is related to daily interactions between father and daughter as the baby starts to learn about emotions. Facilitating his daughter's emotional intelligence is discussed in various strands starting from the ®rst few weeks of life. Development does not proceed uniformly. Rather in some areas we see more rapid development whereas others need more time. However, as we move through the development of the words used by her father to explain emotions to his daughter in Chapter 7, to when his daughter is talking to her father about emotions in Chapter 12, we can see the progress she has made in her ®rst four years of life. The audiotaped conversation between father and daughter are transcribed and reported and then interpreted to give the reader a feel for the interactions as they unfold over time. These conversations re¯ect not only pride, joy and happiness, but also anger, frustration and sadness; they span the whole gamut of emotions all of us experience in daily life and which make for emotional development and speci®cally emotional intelligence in a social context.