Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to understand and manage emotional encounters. Individuals who score highly on emotional intelligence tend to be better able to handle everyday stress, foster a greater number of meaningful close relationships, be more socially competent, and reach their goals and aspirations.
Emotionally intelligent people have mastered different emotional skills, where each skill contributes to one or more aspects of emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is a skill that can be learned and fostered. My new program offering, The Compass: An Emotional Intelligence Program, is designed to assist with cultivating emotional intelligence skills in the following four key areas:
1. Noticing and understanding emotions in oneself. This involves the ability to understand one’s deep emotions and be able to express them naturally. A person with high ability in this area will be better than most people in sensing and acknowledging their emotions.
2. Effective regulation of emotion in oneself. This involves the ability to effectively deal with one’s own emotions. A person with high capability in this aspect will be better than most people in preventing their emotions from automatically influencing their behavior. For instance, when a person with high emotion regulation skills experiences anger, they will be able to manage the anger in a compassionate, healthy and productive way that creates psychological comfort.
3. Using emotions to facilitate performance. This relates to the ability to make use of emotions by directing them toward constructive activities and personal performance. A person who is highly capable in this aspect is able to encourage themselves to continuously do better and direct their emotions in positive, productive and creative directions.
4. Noticing and understanding emotions in others. This relates to the ability to perceive and understand emotions in other people. A person with high ability in this area will be better than most people at noticing and understanding other people’s emotions.
These four steps will help you elevate your emotional intelligence. Please reach out to me if you are interested in learning more about the program.