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Psychologist and author Daniel Goleman identifies Self-awareness as one of the key components of emotional intelligence. Self-awareness involves the ability to recognize moods, emotions, and feelings. Part of self-awareness also involves being aware of how you monitor your emotions and moods inlfuence other people.
This ability to monitor your own emotional states is a basic requirement for emotional intelligence.
Empathy is another of goleman's major elements of emotional intelligence.
This involves the ability to understand the emotions of other people. In order to interact with other people in multiple life domains, such as at work or at school, you need to be able to know what they are feeling.
If a co-worker is upset or frustrated, knowing what he is feeling can give you a much better idea of how to respond.
Self-regulation is absolutely central to emotional intelligence. Understanding your emotions is great, but not particularly useful if you cannot make use of this knowledge.
Emotionally intelligent people think before they act on their feelings. They are in tune with how they feel, but they do not let their emotions rule their lives.
Emotional intelligent people are motivated to achieve their goals and capable of managing their behaviours nd feelings in order to achieve long-term success.
They might be nervous about making a change in their lives, but they know that managing this fear is important. By taking a leap and making the change, they know that they might make their lives better and come one step closer to attaining their goals.
Emotional intelligent people also tend to have a stong social skills, probably in part because they are so attuned to their own feelings as well as those of others.
They know how to deal with people effectively, and they are invested in maintaining healthy social relationships and helping those around them succeed.
Sometimes people are empathetic and in tune with their emotions, but struggle to actually share these feelings with others.
Emotionally intelligent people not only understand feelings, they know how to express them appropriately.
Imagine that you find yourself getting frustrated and angry with a co-worker. As you assess your feelings, analyze what you're really upset about.
Are you mad about your co-worker’s actions, or does your anger stem from underlying frustrations and pressure from a boss who has heaped too much work and responsibility on your shoulders?
Emotionally intelligent people are able to look at the situation and correctly identify the true source of their feelings.
At first, this might seem like an easy task, but the reality is that our emotional lives can be both complicated and messy. Locating the exact source of your feelings can be particularly tricky when you are dealing with powerful emotions such as love and anger.
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