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Emotional Intelligence – How You Can Improve Yours

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a controversial but widely-discussed substitute for traditional IQ. EI measures our ability to see our own emotions, as well as the emotions of others, and to realise them in an industrious and healthy manner.
How to Improve Your Emotional Intelligence

August 24, 2017

EI is central to our life skills and can inspire how successful we are in our associations and occupations. Whatever period of life you are in, you can use the steps below to improve your Emotional Intelligence and develop your self-awareness and compassion.

In the process of rushing from one obligation to the next, meeting goals, and responding to external difficulties, many of us lose touch with our emotions. When we do this, we are far more likely to act instinctively, and we miss out on the valuable information that our emotions contain.

Whenever we have an emotional response, we get information about a circumstance, person or situation. The reaction we experience might be due to the current state, or it could be that the current state of affairs is reminding us of a painful, unprocessed recollection.

As mentioned, a key part of refining our EI is learning to deal with our emotions, which is something we can do only if we are deliberately mindful of them.

While you are practicing your emotional consciousness, consider your actions too. Notice how you behave when you’re feeling certain emotions, and how that affects your daily life. Does it influence your communication with others, your efficiency, or your overall sense of happiness?

Once we become aware of how we react to our emotions, it’s easy to slip into judgement mode and start ascribing labels to our conduct. Try not to do that right now, as you will be much more likely to be truthful with yourself if you’re not mediating about yourself at the same time.

This is probably the hardest step, but it’s also the most helpful. Your emotions and behaviour come from you and, therefore, you’re the one who is accountable for them.

If you feel wounded in response to something someone says or does, and you lash out at them, you are responsible for that. They didn’t “make” you lash out—your response is your obligation.

Also, your feelings can provide you with pertinent information about your understanding of other people, as well as your own requirements and preferences, but your state of mind is not someone else’s responsibility.

Once you begin to accept responsibility for your feelings and how you behave, it will have a constructive impact on your life.

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