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The Art of Not Freaking Out: A Beginner’s Guide to Emotional Intelligence

Updated: May 30, 2023

Have you heard the term “Emotional intelligence” or “EQ” and wondered not only what it refers to but also why anyone needs a new category of intelligence? Emotional Intelligence refers to your ability to recognize, understand, and manage your own emotions, as well as the emotions of others and involves a set of skills that enable you to navigate social situations, build relationships, and to communicate effectively with others.

Following are some key components of emotional intelligence:

  • Self-awareness: Your ability to recognize and understand your own emotions and how they impact your thoughts and behaviour.

  • Self-regulation: Your ability to manage your own emotions, impulses, and behaviours in a positive and constructive way that is appropriate for the situation.

  • Self-awareness: Your ability to recognize and understand your own emotions and how they impact our thoughts and behaviors.

  • Social awareness: Your ability to recognize and understand the emotions of others as well as their needs, motivations, and perspectives.

  • Relationship management: Your ability to build and maintain positive relationships with others, communicate effectively, and resolve conflicts in a constructive manner.

  • Motivation: Your ability to use your emotions to drive and sustain you towards your goals and aspirations.

  • Empathy: Your ability to recognize, understand, and share emotions and feelings of others, and to respond with sensitivity and compassion.

  • Social skills: Your ability to effectively communicate with others, build and maintain relationships, and work collaboratively.

  • Conflict resolution: Your ability to resolve conflicts in a constructive way that benefits all parties involved.

  • Stress management: Your ability to manage stress and anxiety in a healthy way.

  • Adaptability: Your ability to adapt to changing situations and environments.

  • Assertiveness: Your ability to communicate your needs and desires in a clear and direct manner.

  • Positive attitude: Your ability to maintain a positive attitude and outlook, even in challenging situations.

Emotional intelligence is an important skill in your personal and professional life, as it can help you build stronger relationships, make better decisions, and effectively navigate the complexities of the modern world. You can develop and strengthen it through cultivating using self-reflection, mindfulness, and intentional practice. Increased emotional intelligence can lead to greater self-awareness, stronger relationships, and improved communication as well as greater resilience and overall well-being.

Together we will explore and discover different ways for you to recognize, develop, and strengthen your emotional intelligence and to continue to grow throughout all aspects of your life in ways that uniquely work best for you.

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