Intelligence And Emotional Intelligence

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Emotional intelligence refers to a combination of skills including empathy, self-control, self-awareness, sensitivity and self motivation. As we grow older, we keep learning more and more about ourselves. According to Wong (2003), self-awareness means recognition of our personality, strengths and weaknesses, like and dislikes. Developing self-awareness can help us to recognize when we are stressed or under pressure. It also promotes effective communication and interpersonal relations and developing empathy for others. Widening ones self awareness involves discovering new truths about an individual. As a person’s circle of self awareness expands, not only is he or she consciously aware of a greater portion of him or herself, but also the borders of his of her awareness have enlarged in such a way that, his or herself awareness borders upon a widened area of future discovery and development. The more doors an individual opens, the more he or she realizes there are to be opened. Personal development starts at a point of self awareneness. In fact, it may as well be the ultimate end. (Johns, 2005). I have contacted two people who are close to me and provided them the two survey instruments of Howard Gardner’s Basic Multiple Intelligence test and Goleman’s EQ test. While examining the intelligence test results, I was able to learn that there needs to be a proper balance between knowing yourself and knowing others. Using the 4 quadrants of the Johari window which was developed by Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham of Human interaction (Palo Alto, CA: National Press Books, 1969), I have found my strengths and weaknesses. These can be associated to a variety of interpersonal communications in order to assist us understand what area of ourselves... ... middle of paper ... ...e capacity to listen openly, be vulnerable and curious to diverse societies, understand different opinions and communicate proficiently is totally part of equality. For example, a work colleague that has a strong interpersonal skills has the ability to relate to others, these can create a good working environment in the organization. Being culturally aware intends understanding that everyone has a cultural background impacting and motivating how they understand the world and see others across them. I think that this kind of test can only determine a broad idea of you emotional intelligence. These tests cannot determine how much emotional intelligence you have. People react differently in different situations. The questions asked don’t cover every aspect of life and I believe that these tests are used for entertainment and give you a broad view of your intelligence.
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