Understanding emotion to enhance learning for individuals, communities, and organizations

Deborah N. Brewis, Rose Opengart

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The emotional lives of organizational actors have been a neglected area in Human Resource Development. This chapter reviews the reasons emotions have been ignored and devalued and argues that it is necessary to pay close attention to emotions as part of the process of learning. Psychological and sociological approaches to understanding emotion and emotional intelligence are discussed, as are gendered expectations at work, and how a critical HRD approach can contest the notion of the ideal worker. Learning is a result of the interplay of both cognitive and emotional abilities. CHRD can challenge and resist socially constructed mandates through learning so that people of all genders can bring their whole selves to work.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Critical Human Resource Development
EditorsJ. C. Collins, J. L. Callahan
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9783031104534
ISBN (Print)9783031104527
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2022


  • Critical human resource development
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Emotions
  • Gender
  • Humanism
  • Learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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