What is Emotional Intelligence

By Nicholas de Castella

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What is Emotional Intelligence?
Emotional intelligence or E.Q.(Emotional Quotient), is considered as our Street smart ability. Our capacity to tune in to, manage and direct our feelings in positive, creative and supportive ways to achieve success and happiness. It is also our capacity to get along with others.

The Evolution of Emotional Intelligence?

In the 1980’s John Mayer and Peter Salovey first proposed the idea of ‘Emotional Intelligence’. In 1985 Reuvon Bar-On designed a measure of emotional intelligence called ‘E.Q.’ . In 1996 Danial Goleman’s landmark book ‘Emotional Intelligence’ convincingly proposed that our emotions (not our cognitive skills) affect our level of relationship satisfaction, health and happiness and effectiveness in life. “What really matters for success, character, happiness and life long achievements is a definable set of emotional skills – your E.Q. – not just purely cognitive abilities that are measured by conventional I.Q. tests.”

At the Institute of Heartmath in California it has been shown that when the heart and mind are synchronised we function at our best: we feel peace, perform at our peak, relate better to others and experience optimal health. By gaining access to ‘heart wisdom’ we can acquire valuable solutions that the mind would not consider.

A whole new world
For me, the most exciting thing about Emotional Intelligence is that it opens a doorway to a whole new world. When we experience our world through our feelings we understand more clearly why we think the way we do, why we act the way we do and why get the results we get. It opens us to more inner peace,
love, happiness and gratitude for being alive.

Emotion: The missing piece of the puzzle
Emotional Intelligence is the missing peice of the puzzle that helps us to heal and live effective and happy lives. Without Emotional Intelligence skills we are living our lives like a 4 cylinder car that has been running on 3 cylinders. Once we develop Emotional Intelligence our lives continue to get better and better, more and more enjoyable, successful and fulfilling. We still have challenges but are much better equiped to not only cope with the challenges, but actually use the challeneges to become better men and women.

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