Emotional intelligence is the ability to regulate and manage our emotions. And believe it or not, understanding the transformative power of emotional intelligence can have far-reaching effects on all aspects of our lives.
Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify, process, regulate and manage our emotions, as well as the emotions of those of people around us. And believe it or not, understanding the transformative power of emotional intelligence can have far-reaching effects on all aspects of our lives.
We are all familiar with cognitive intelligence – commonly termed IQ (intelligence quotient) – which measures our ability to comprehend, remember, reason and think abstractly. By contrast, emotional intelligence focuses on skills that promote self-awareness, self-regulation, communication, and healthier interactions with others, as well as other characteristics such as:
Some researchers have studied the role if emotional intelligence within our overall intelligence and its connection to our thoughts. This is includes John D. Mayer and his team, who developed the four-branch model of emotional intelligence. This model says emotional intelligence is comprised of four things:
There are five essential components of emotional intelligence:
Your emotional intelligence can be developed using various strategies that include the following:
There are many benefits of developing and improving our ability to recorgnize and manage our emotions.
People with high emotional intelligence are able to develop better communication and understanding in their relationships. They have calm demeanors that helps them manage and reduce stress in challenging situations. They are self-aware and able to reflect and improve in most aspects of their lives.
High emotional intelligence also leads to accountability. People are able to accept their mistakes and to find solutions instead of reacting impulsively driven by negative emotions.
These individuals make exceptional leaders because they are able to communicate effectively, understand team members and inspire them. By self-regulating their own emotions, they can keep calm and make important decisions. They are also able to deal with conflicts in a constructive manner by listening empathetically to find an equally beneficial solution.
Higher emotional intelligence is also reflected by an ability to adapt to change and uncertainty. Emotional intelligence leads to resilience and allows people to tolerate painful and stressful situations while maintaining a positive outlook.
Intrinsic motivation is also enhanced by higher EI because goals and aspirations become clear through self-awareness. This allows people to be more confident, less defensive and better able to manage criticism.
Here at the BEE ME Project, emotions are one of the defining pillars in our holistic health model and part of our mission is to develop self-awareness. Connect with us to learn more about how we can support you.
Cultivating emotional intelligence is a lifelong process, a process that can start slowly and be built over time, leading to a more fulfilling and authentic life enhanced by healthy relationships.