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Why is Emotional Intelligence Important?

by Tatiana Alcazar

September 13, 2019

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Do you know your emotional intelligence determines over 55% of your job performance?

Maybe you don’t even know what emotional intelligence is in the first place.

Well, here is a detailed guide of what the term means. Plus, all the answers to the question: Why is emotional intelligence important?

What is Emotional Intelligence?

The term emotional intelligence (EI or EQ) is often used alongside intelligent Quotient (IQ). However, EQ isn't based on data or calculations like IQ, so therefore, it's difficult to quantify.

In the past, IQ was given more weight because it's easier to measure than EQ.

Today, many experts believe a person’s emotional intelligence is more important than their IQ. 

And, they consider it to be the superior predictor of performance and success.

It also indicates a person’s quality of relationships and level of contentment/happiness.

Psychologist Daniel Goleman popularized the term. 

In his book, he defines emotional intelligence as an individual’s abilities to:

  • Recognize and understand for their whole being, behaviors, emotions, and reactions (Self-awareness)
  • Manage and control their emotions, reactions, moods, and ultimate responses (Self-management and Self-Regulation)
  • Motivate themselves, perform more, and strive to reach various goals in their career or life (Self-motivation)
  • Understand other people’s feelings and emotions, then use that knowledge to create a good relationship with them (Empathy)
  • Build and maintain relationships, as well as network better. Plus, the ability to settle conflicts and work well in a team setting (Social skills)

Why is Emotional Intelligence Important?

The importance of emotional intelligence is vast. 

Also, don’t assume it’s only beneficial to people who often interact with many people. Although, It’s vital for everyone, and here’s why:

Helps With Your Mental Well-Being

 In fact, It plays a significant role in how you view life. 

A high degree of emotional intelligence, therefore, is associated with a higher perspective outlook in life, which is certainly essential in helping control mood swings, anxiety, and stress.

It can also help with depression and other mental disorders.

Impacts Your Physical Health

It also impacts your body wellness in more ways than one.

Moreover, the ability to understand your emotional state and keep your reactions in check can help with better health management.

Self-motivation, for example, also can help you achieve your health fitness goals.

Helps You to Build Better Relationships

The foundation of strong and stable relationships is good, mutual understanding. 

Although, It’s crucial to understand your emotions better, as well as of those people you’re in a relationship with. Also, it makes communication easy and relating with them becomes more effective.

In fact, Emotional intelligence helps you to understand other people’s feelings, needs, and views. This can lead to more fulfilling relationships with them.

Makes You Good at Resolving Conflicts

It’s easier to resolve disagreements when you understand other people’s emotions and opinions at the same time.

You also become good at mediating other people’s conflicts to find a middle ground.

Can Help You Achieve Success

When you’re self-motivated, your ability to focus and achieve targets increases. You can do away with procrastination and tackle setbacks better.

Improve Your Emotional Intelligence!

Now you have the answer to ‘why is emotional intelligence important? Go ahead and work on improving yours! It’s possible to enhance your EQ. Read on to learn more about how to improve your mental health and general wellness.

Sources:

  1. "Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Stats." TALENTSMART, https://www.talentsmart.com/
  2. Goleman, Daniel. "Emotional Intelligence." Penguin Random House, 26 Sept.2006, https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/69105/emotional-intelligence-by-daniel-goleman/9780553804911/

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About the author 

Tatiana Alcazar  -  A software engineer, former IBMer, co-founder of Naravis Corporation and a mom, with a passion for finding the solution and root cause to everything that comes across, including health. It has been a long journey since founding Naravis and trying to find solutions to my leaky gut syndrome and pursue natural health. Throughout this journey I have learned an enormous amount of information (acquired knowledge) and I feel it's my duty to share my knowledge and my experience with you.

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