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What is Emotional Intelligence?

By Kris Powers | July 9th 2013

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Emotional intelligence (EQ) refers to the skills of self awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management as they pertain to emotions. Understanding what emotional intelligence is and learning how to use it is a critical step in becoming successful and in reaching your personal goals.  “Your EQ is the level of your ability to understand other people, what motivates them and how to work cooperatively with them,” reports Howard Gardner, a Harvard theorist.  Learn to identify and manage your feelings so that you can conduct yourself appropriately in social situations. 

1.    Self awareness is the ability to recognize emotions as you are experiencing them in addition to recognizing the effect those emotions are having on yourself and others around you.  Practicing the art of self awareness allows you to tune into your true feelings.