Being Emotionally Intelligent

What is a Emotional Intellectual

Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of others.

Emotional intelligence is generally said to include at least skills- emotional awareness, or the ability to identify and names one’s own emotions, the ability to harness those emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem solving and the ability to mange emotions, which includes both regulating one’s emotions when necessary and helping others do the same.

There is no validated test or scale for emotional intelligence as there is for “g” the general intelligence factor- and many argue that emotional intelligence is therefore not an actual construct, but a way of describing interpersonal skills that go by other names.

Despite the criticism, the concept of emotional intelligence- sometimes referred to as emotional Quotient or EQ- has gained wide acceptance in recent years, some employers have even incorporated emotional intelligence into interview processes stating the someone that has emotional intelligence would make a better leader or co-worker.

Some studies has even found a link between emotional intelligence and job performance, many others have shown no correlation, and the lack of a scientifically valid scale makes it difficult to truly measure or predict someone’s emotional intelligence on the job or at home.

What does it mean to be Emotionally Intelligent?

An emotionally intelligent individual is both highly conscious of his or her own emotional states, even negatively- frustration, sadness,or something more subtle-and able to Identify and manage them. Such people are especially tuned in to the emotions that others experience. It’s understandable that a sensitivity to emotional signals both from within oneself and from one’s environment could make one a better friend, parent, or leader, or romantic partner. Fortunately these skills can be honed.

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