The importance of Emotional Intelligence

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The importance of Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is always a necessary part of a balanced existence

The importance of Emotional Intelligence

You must have heard that EQ is as important as IQ. But what is EQ? Emotional intelligence (EQ) is the ability to tackle and express emotions with the correct approach. It is a mindful understanding of our and others' emotions.

Why do we need emotional intelligence?
No matter how well one may be financially, emotional intelligence is always a necessary part of a balanced existence. Emotional intelligence does not only help you to understand your feelings but also lets you build stronger relationships, communicate effectively and succeed in your career. With the right understanding, it becomes easier to defuse conflicts, prioritise what matters the most and make informed decisions.

Deepti Puranik, Assistant professor and Psychologist says “ Emotional Intelligence is an ability that helps us in our day to day social interactions making it easier for us to communicate.” E.g. Imagine if I am not able to understand that my best friend is grieving, will I be able to help or support her. Another example could be imagining a situation where I am asking for some money from my family when my father came home just after being terminated from his job. She added, “Emotional Intelligence helps us to behave appropriately in most situations and helps forge better relationships."

The attributes of emotional intelligence: Emotional Intelligence is a wide field that is combined with several abilities. Some of them are-

Self-awareness: self-awareness is a part of knowing ourselves well. You know what you feel so recognise your emotions and rectify what affects your thoughts and behaviour.

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Self-management: management is an ability to control impulsive feelings and behaviour, manage emotions, adapt to the changes, accepting reality with a positive approach.

Relationship management: when it comes to personal life relationships, it demands a lot of emotional investment. Managing conflicts, communicating properly, inspiring, understanding each other is a part of emotional intelligence.

Social awareness: having empathy and understanding the feelings of people around and their concern brings dynamic comfort and lets you have an insight into handling emotions well.

Here is how you can improve your emotional intelligence-

Be an active listener: Being an active listener does not only mean listening to what someone is saying, it is about listening with empathy. This means that you listen without commenting, advising or passing judgments. Just listen attentively to the other person and let them express themselves thoroughly.

Understand yourself: It is great to know oneself thoroughly, be aware of our emotions and understand why we react in certain ways. Deepti says “Self-awareness is one of the most important ways to understand ourselves better. This can help increase emotional intelligence.”

Explore your past behaviour: when we remember our past experiences and understand our behaviour from that time. This can help find patterns, and work as a guide when we face a similar situation in future.

Practice mindfulness: A few minutes of silence and mindfulness can break the barriers of our minds and help us achieve emotional intelligence.