Emotional Intelligence (EQ or EI)

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Many psychologists and scientists came up with a topic that can help billions of people. The topic is Emotional Intelligence (EQ or EI). Even though, the idea was put out there, not too many people know about the topic. The few that heard of EQ always misinterpret this magnificent subject. They believe that Emotional Intelligence is just recognizing emotions. Actually, Emotional Intelligence is more complex than that. Emotional Intelligence (EQ or EI) is the ability to perceive, control, and evaluate emotions. It also helps a person communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome obstacles, and resolve conflicts. Emotional Intelligence affects a person’s performance, physical health, and mental health.

When an individual works, his ability to accept challenges and take on manageable work and making sure that the tasks is being done in an effective and efficient way is classified as performance. A person, who has bad performance, usually comes from tiredness, the inability to recover, and/or sleep deprivation. When worrying thought sneaks into the mind, facing difficulties is hard, but instead of paying attention to the task that is at hand the mind wonders on problems like the paying of the bills, feeding the children at home, and other miscellaneous. Worrying about these assets causes a person to become overwhelmed and will cause bad performance. In a situation like this one, knowing and developing Emotional Intelligence would be crucial. Emotional Intelligence lets a person know that he is worrying too much and that if the work is done properly he will be able to get paid and pay for all those assets that have been on his mind. Also Emotional Intelligence helps a person who is overworked keep calm and thinks before any action is taken.

Emotional Intelligence has four components self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management. Self-awareness is the “keystone” to realizing oneself (Goleman 47). That is the first step a person who is developing this skill will take. Self-awareness is recognizing one’s own emotions. Once a person has acquired self-awareness, self-management is there to keep those strong and uncontrolled emotions in check. For example, an individual can act out of anger without thinking because the person’s strong emotion is overpowering. Once self-management is developed a person knows what to do to calm himself.

The other two components have to do with taking other’s feelings into consideration.
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