Emotional Intelligence: A Crash Course
The term emotional intelligence or EQ first appeared to the general population in the year 1995. Before that the world mostly understood IQ or the intelligent quotient as the predictor for success. Yet, with a staggering amount of lower IQ students outperforming those typed with high IQ’s, this anomaly led to necessary further investigation.
Emotional intelligence reveals insights into that part of the population that achieves greater success despite truly possessing less hard skills. According to TalentSmart, the world’s premier provider of emotional intelligence tests, training and certification, EQ “affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions that achieve positive results.” A great way to understand EQ is shown during test taking. While some students are able to sit down and concentrate on the given task, others prone to anxiety or general poor test taking skills won’t achieve the same results despite understanding the material at a greater level. Though that provides a simple explanation for this phenomenon, it accurately provides the clear intrinsic differences between those that succeed and those prone to failure.
Composed of two primary competencies, personal and social competence, these components of EQ can further be broken down. While personal competency focuses more on self-awareness and self-management, social competency looks at social awareness and relationship management. Flexible in nature, EQ changes as an individual grows with age and while some people are naturally predisposed to higher levels of EQ, there are others that simply have to learn to develop theirs over time. Currently, high EQ is seen as a requirement for a healthy and thriving life.
Self-reflecting thoughts indicate a high level of EQ, however, other factors include: controlling one’s thoughts, benefiting from criticism, showing authenticity, demonstrating empathy, praising others, giving helpful feedback, as well as apologizing. The list goes on. As a nation seeing high levels of narcissism cause ripples in the social fabric, it behooves everyone to learn about emotional intelligence. Emotional Intelligence plays a large part in personal and work relationships. It is the reason for moving up in life and achieving overall greater success.
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About Emotional Intelligence. (n.d.). Retrieved September 15, 2018, from http://www.talentsmart.com/about/emotional-intelligence.php
Bariso, J. (2018, February 28). 13 Signs of High Emotional Intelligence. Retrieved September 15, 2018, from https://www.inc.com/justin-bariso/13-things-emotionally-intelligent-people-do.html