Emotional Intelligence

Emotion holds and over-arching control on humanity.

All decisions are monitored with regards to anger, happiness, boredom, or sheer frustration; how often, for example, have you chosen to watch a particular movie because you were sad? How often have you gone on vacation out of frustration of your daily grind lifestyle? You are a slave to your emotions. They are as much a part of us as your skeleton, as your kidneys and liver.

Your emotions are complex, psychological, involving three segments: a psychological response, a subjective experience, and an expressive, occasionally behavioral response. The subjective experience refers to the fact that people all over the world- regardless of their particular culture-experience the same basic emotions. However, these basic emotions have a highly subjective range of experience. Therefore, sadness means something different for everyone, besides the fact that it is a very basic human response to something upsetting.

Your psychological response is precisely what it sounds like, of course. When your stomach flutters with anxiety, when your heart beats rapidly, you are experiencing psychological responses to your emotions. Research shows that the amygdala, a portion of the brain, triggers these reactions as it enacts a very big role in the formation of emotions, most notably, in the formation of fear. Your behavior response, on the other hand, is your very particular expression of your emotion.

You enact your emotions and show them on your sleeve so often, as the expression goes. These expressions can be universal, like a smile indicating happiness; alternately, they can be cultural.

This expression of emotion is precisely what emotional intelligence is concerned with. Your ability to understand other people’s emotional expression is your emotional intelligence; some researchers state that your emotional intelligence is actually more important than your IQ. After all, with a proper emotional intelligence, you can interact with people from all over the world. You can parse through any conversation because you understand, essentially what the other person is feeling. You can read them like an open book. Therefore emotional intelligence is like a map to the world.

1. Perceiving Emotions:
The initial step on the road to emotional intelligence is having the ability to correctly perceive emotions. This generally involves picking up on nonverbal clues like facial expression and body language and having the ability to assess what these things mean.

2. Reasoning and Thinking with Regards to These Emotions:
This step requires the utilization of emotions in order to promote cognitive activity. Through emotions, you can begin to prioritize the things you are paying attention to; you can garner your emotions with regards to the things that gain your attention.

3. Comprehending Emotions:
In this step you will look at your emotions a little bit closer. Each emotion carries a plethora of meaning. For example, if you see someone with angry emotions you must understand precisely where this anger came from and what this might mean for the person and for your surroundings. If in this example,, your friend is acting angry, he could be angry with something you sad last night; alternately, he could be angry because he got a speeding ticket or finds himself in a fight with his girlfriend.

The meaning behind different people’s emotions is incredibly varied, and it’s best not to any conclusions. Furthermore, you must begin to comprehend your own emotions. When you feel a certain way, you must diagnose where those feelings came from. What triggers you? This can help you understand yourself a little better.

Managing Emotions:
You must begin to manage and regulate your emotions. Through this, you can begin to respond appropriately to your emotions and the emotions of others. This is the true high-level focus of emotional intelligence. You must have the ability to apply your perceptions of the world……………………

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