What is emotional intelligence?

"The ability to recognize our own feelings and those of others, to motivate us and properly manage relationships."

Goleman

It’s a definition that encompasses several elements: 

1. EMOTIONAL SELF-KNOWLEDGE OR EMOTIONAL SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS

It is about knowing our own feelings and emotions. Understand what our moods are, and know how they influence us. How our mood affects our behavior. It is also important to know how it affects other people. 

2. EMOTIONAL SELF-CONTROL OR SELF-REGULATION

It allows us to detect how our emotions work. Reflect and control our impulses, feelings and emotions, so as not to get carried away without thinking before acting.

Emotional self-control helps us to be assertive, open and flexible people, able to face difficult situations and generate positive and optimistic emotions.

3. AUTOMOTIVATION

In this case it is about setting ourselves realistic goals and objectives that benefit us and that we seek to overcome with optimism, hope and initiative. It’s important to know how to make decisions and it’s also important to be able to seek help when necessary.

4. RECOGNITION OF EMOTIONS IN OTHERS OR EMPATHY

Knowing how to interpret other people's emotions and feelings helps us to understand, to put ourselves in their place, to share their emotional state. 

All this enhances the establishment of stronger personal ties and this allows positive social relationships.

5. INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS OR SOCIAL SKILLS

Good social skills allow us to maintain good relationships and know how to communicate with all kinds of people generating trust. They help us resolve conflicts effectively, assertively and respectfully. 

In summary, Emotional Intelligence: 

  • nos ayuda a tomar conciencia de nuestras emociones y a gestionar mejor nuestros estados de ánimo,
  • helps us achieve psychological well-being,
  • promotes emotional balance that prevents psychosomatic discomfort or physical well-being,
  • helps us improve our social relationships,
  • enhances an optimistic attitude and drives our motivation towards a more positive life.

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