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Emotional Intelligence: 10 Things You May Not Know

Emotional Intelligence: 10 Things You May Not Know

Did you ever work for someone who showed no interest in anything but the bottom line? Were you ever in an organization that generated fear or anger? Have you occasionally found yourself unable to manage your own emotions to fit a specific situation?

In each situation, Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a critical factor.  How one understands and manages emotions and interacts with the emotions of others shapes everyone’s experiences and outcomes in life.

Even if you are already very emotionally intelligence, it is nice to know more.

Here are 10 facts about emotional intelligence you may not already know:

  1. Emotional and social skills are four times more important than IQ when considering success and prestige in professional settings. Different studies give different results. However, in a study of PhD’s, social and emotional intelligence was significantly more important to professional success and prestige than IQ alone.
  2. We learn (and can unlearn) emotions. Not only do children learn how to distinguish emotions in themselves and others, they learn how to experience and react to emotions and channel their natural temperaments.
  3. Through limbic resonance, our bodies feel other people’s emotions. “Emotions are contagious. We catch them and we spread them.” ~Julio Olalla
  4. Emotions guide every decision we make.
  5. By changing our bodies, we can change our emotions.  Research on liking, alertness and confidence indicate that people change attitudes and responses based on changes in their bodies.  In addition, changing our bodies can change our own sense of power and even body chemistry.
  6. We are always in an emotion…even when we try to be emotionless. We may not show an emotion, but the fact that our bodies secrete hormones and we are interpreting the world around us causes us to perceive the world, assess it and experience a sensation –feel an emotion.
  7. Emotions affect our health, our relationships and our financial well-being. How we respond to other people and events in our lives often determines how people respond to us. The course of our lives often depends on our level of emotional intelligence (EQ).
  8. Mind, body, language and emotion are all tied together. The mind-body connection is nothing new. However, research on the effect of emotions on the body is intriguing. This article shows how the physical body changes to reflect different emotions.
  9. Emotions predispose us to act in particular ways. If we are angry, we see the world in a way that reinforces that anger and causes us to act differently than if we are fearful, sad or deliriously happy.
  10. Emotional intelligence can be learned. Through a process called “plasticity,” the brain changes as individuals practice new emotional intelligence strategies.
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