Emotional intelligence – why it matters

By Galina Yanchova

What is Emotional Intelligence or (EQ)? – Emotional intelligence has been defined as “the ability to monitor one’s own and other people’s emotions.

Emotional intelligence (EQ) refers to the ability to identify and manage your emotions, and the emotions of others. An emotionally intelligent person is highly conscious of their emotional states, both negative and positive. “The emotionally intelligent person is skilled in four areas: identifying emotions, using emotions, understanding emotions, and regulating emotions.” In recent years, EQ has been seen as skills that can be likewise innate and honed.

What are the some emotion in human? – As human beings, our bodies communicate our inner emotions and feelings in ways that can often be easily seen by others, but at other times, are barely visible. On every continent and in every ethnicity, expressions of emotions such as happiness, surprise, anger and fear are universally recognized. We all use our intuition when trying to understand another person’s intentions or needs. We watch the way they walk, and how they stand…

  • Anger – It’s one of our most powerful emotions and it shows just how expressive the human face can be. This face serves as a warning, whether it’s simply to intimidate or to show that a conflict has begun.
  • Fear – Each fear-based facial movement prepares us for a fight-or-flight response.
  • Disgust – The disgust face doesn’t just show our distaste, it also works to protect us.
  • Happiness – Despite the friendly connotation, researchers believe our smiles might have a more sinister origin. Despite the friendly connotation, researchers believe our smiles might have a more sinister origin. Like some primates shown their teeth to assert their dominance. Some researchers believe it is that non-verbal sign that eventually evolved into a smile.
  • Sadness – Sadness is hard to fake, according to researchers.
  • Surprise – The surprise expression might only last a second or two, whether it’s a good or bad surprise, the facial reaction is the same.
  • Contempt – Although the emotion of contempt can overlap with anger and distrust, the facial expression is unique…

What does emotional intelligence look like? – Emotional intelligence is often related the way a person manages their behaviour and emotional state, how they navigate social complexities, and their ability to apply emotional reasoning to thinking and problem-solving. There is a solid research basis from the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and business leadership. There are some fundamental aspects of Emotional intelligence.

  • Self-Awareness – Being self-aware is a key sign that we are emotionally intelligent. This is because a person with a healthy sense of self-awareness understands their strengths and weaknesses, and, most importantly, they recognise how their actions affect others. Most of us are so busy with the daily grind that we rarely take a step back and think about how we’re responding to situations and how we come across.
  • Accept feedback – The other source of self-awareness is recognizing how others respond to us. This is often challenging and we tend to avoid the uncomfortable action of asking others for feedback. Someone with emotional intelligence and self-awareness is also able to accept feedback and constructive criticism and they use it as an opportunity to grow.
  • Self-regulate – A person with high Emotional intelligence is able to manage and regulate their emotions when needed. Where possible they show restraint and control. Self-management is your ability to control your emotions. This component also includes your transparency, adaptability, achievement, and optimism. A key factor is whether you react or respond to situations.
  • Show empathy – Building rapport and maintaining strong relationships comes easily to those with emotional intelligence. They avoid power struggles, hurtful gossiping and commenting and usually enjoy having a strong group of people and a team around them. They have respect for others and a genuine interest in watching them shine.
  • Self-motivated – A person with high Emotional intelligence is self-motivated by passion and their own values. These people are resilient, optimistic and let their inner-ambition guide them through hardship.
  • Relationship Management – Emotions serve an important social and adaptive function, emotional intelligence refers to the capacity to adapt your behaviour within the social context. Developing others, serving as an inspiring leader and catalyst for change, collaborating with a high-performing team, and managing conflict are part of relationship management. You are high on this characteristic if you’re able to work well with diverse groups, even in the face of stress and conflict, If you can create and communicate an inspiring vision and help them to do difficult things…

Why emotional intelligence matter?

Emotions matter and neuroscience have proven that our emotional intelligence is really important to our performance.

Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to adapt your behavior in a social context.

Emotional intelligence correlates with our ability to excel in relational environments, such as workplaces, within communities and in our personal lives.

Developing Emotional Intelligence is about Practice

Like any skill, Emotional Intelligence can be developed and it takes practice. Noticing and managing your attitudes, emotions and behaviour in a changing social context is a continual process. Emotional Intelligence is reflected by what a person does in the present moment.

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Author: Galya

I am passionate, honest, sincere, growing and developing, loving, caring. I am loyal. I am persistent, diligent. I am fun but not perfect :-)

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