Definition of Emotional Intelligence
Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize and manage the emotions. When we live with emotional intelligence we have the ability to identify our own emotions, understand them and use our emotions in a healthy way.
Managing emotions is the key to live a happy because we can transform the negative one and create more positive emotions that serve us.
Why we need emotional intelligence
Emotional intelligence is fundamental for our emotional health because when we understand our emotions we feel more confident, we have self-control and we cooperate with others in a healthy way.
Building emotional intelligence is a lifelong process. When we build emotional intelligence we are able to identify the source of our emotions that come from within rather than from observation. We are aware of how our bodies respond to those emotions and the different ways we express them.
People with emotional intelligence are capable of:
- To take responsibility for their emotions by saying: "I feel angry" instead of "you make me angry"
- Clarify their emotions before taking decisions
- Label their feelings, rather than labeling people or situations. "I feel impatient." vs "This is ridiculous."
- Respect other's people emotions and know how to assert themselves
- Thy manage their negative emotions
We need Emotional Intelligence to live a more fulfilling life and avoid being run by our emotions. When we manage our emotions we have a healthy life, better relationships and peace of mind.
If your emotional abilities aren't in hand, if you don't have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can't have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far. - Daniel Goleman .