March 23, 2007
What is Emotional Intelligence?
· Emotional intelligence is not about being nice all the time. It’s about being honest.
· Emotional intelligence is not about being touchy-feely. It’s about being aware of feelings, yours and other people’s.
· Emotional intelligence is not about being emotional. It’s about being smart with your emotions.
· Emotional intelligence is knowing how to use your passions to motivate yourself and others.
· Emotional intelligence is knowing how to keep your distressing emotions under control.
· Emotional intelligence is a type of social intelligence that involves the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ emotions, to discriminate among them, and to use the information to guide one’s thinking and actions.
· Emotional intelligence is knowing how we and others feel, why we feel that way, and what can be done about it.
· Emotional Intelligence is our ability to understand and use the power of our emotions wisely. It’s learning the difference between “I think” and “I feel,” and hearing the difference when others say it.
· Emotional intelligence is learning to manage our emotions rather than letting them control us.
The thing to remember is that emotions are not good or bad. Emotions are information. By listening to them, we can use our IQ more effectively because we reason better when our feelings are taken into account. They give us valuable information we can’t get anywhere else.