What is Emotional Intelligence?
Emotional Intelligence, or EQ, is the power to discriminate between different feelings, to label them appropriately, and to use the emotional information you gather to guide your thinking and conduct. It is also a key mechanism of adaptation: if you have ever found yourself adopting a more expressive tone when talking to children, or eating food with more care on a first date than you would when home alone, you will have been using your EQ to do so. Without it, you would not be able to manage and adapt your instinctive behaviours or the way in which you publicly react to social complexities.
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Emotional intelligence (otherwise known as emotional quotient or EQ) is the ability to understand, use, and manage your own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict. Emotional intelligence helps you build stronger relationships, succeed at school and work, and achieve your career and personal goals. It can also help you to connect with your feelings, turn intention into action, and make informed decisions about what matters most to you.
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EQ is the ability to monitor your own emotions as well as the emotions of others, to distinguish between and label different emotions correctly, and to use emotional information to guide your thinking and behavior and influence that of others (Goleman, 1995; Mayer & Salovey, 1990).
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