Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the quality that enables us to confront the world with patience and an insight to deal with problems effectively. It allows us to navigate the challenges in our lives and to become more tolerant. We feel the presence of EQ in the sensitivity that we feel towards others. Simply put, we do not trust our first impulse but look deeper into the meaning of the world around us. For example: anger may be a cover for sadness or fear may stem from vulnerability or a sense of loss. The highest good is to serve those who do not have enough.
Emotional intelligence, it is generally said to include at least three skills:
- Emotional awareness, or the ability to identify and name one’s own emotions;
- The ability to harness those emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem solving;
- The ability to manage emotions, which includes both regulating one’s own emotions when necessary and cheering up or calming down other people.
EQ is not ingrained in us, but it is a study of where our emotions arise from and how to deal with it. One that can master the emotion, can master action. The master of emotions is one that can alter the invisible structure that surrounds them. This structure is one that has been cultivated from early learning years. Our early years influence us and our level of EQ. It is a diverse set of concepts that allows us to see the same concepts in different ways. Emotional mastery is about receiving multiple layers of meaning in the negative space of life. Being able to see potential relatives that may exist. People have grown technically adept, but not emotionally adept. We need to study emotional intelligence in order to properly navigate emotions. We must a new way of seeing and interacting with things and people around us. To see differently, we must feel differently. We must gain knowledge that we don’t have. EQ is what makes leaders great and sets it apart from a mere manager. We need to accept and educate ourselves on EQ in order to facilitate a wiser and saner race and teach each other on EQ.