People with High Emotional Intelligence Have These 5 Things in Common

Emotional intelligence comprises of the ability to accurately perceive, recognize and express emotion, understand and incorporate emotion in the way we think, and importantly, regulate emotion. Because EI is such an important contributor to success, we have broken it down into 5 specific abilities that can be learned, practiced and mastered.

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What Is Emotional Intelligence? Could It Be More Important Than IQ?


Emotions and success:

The brain and its mysteries have fascinated people for millennia. Initially, people thought that the soul originated from the brain whereas others argued that the heart “housed” the soul and the brain only served to cool the blood. Our fascination with the brain has continued and since then, we have discovered that the brain is responsible for creating and overseeing all vital and crucial functions that allow us to perceive the world, think and feel.

The reason for this fascination is the perception that being very smart is seen as the path to success in school, career and interpersonal relationships. Hence, psychologists have been trying to define intelligence and refine their methods of measuring it in order to explore questions like: “Are smart people more successful”? “Is intelligence related to happiness”? “What makes a person intelligent”? These questions have led to the recognition that while math ability and verbal fluency are important, they are not enough to ensure one will be successful in life.

We have found the missing piece of that puzzle and that piece is called Emotional Intelligence (EI). In simpler words, while IQ is predictive of school smarts, EI is predictive of street smarts. Emotional intelligence is responsible for 58 % of job performance in a variety of occupational settings1. Moreover, 90 % of people who are described as “top performers” in their jobs score high in EI and also, EI translates to financial success as well, with high EI people making an average of $ 29,000/year more than people with low EI2.

Emotional intelligence comprises of the ability to accurately perceive, recognize and express emotion, understand and incorporate emotion in the way we think, and importantly, regulate emotion. Because EI is such an important contributor to success, we have broken it down into 5 specific abilities that can be learned, practiced and mastered.

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