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  • Writer's pictureRashidi Kabamba

Emotional Intelligence

"If your emotional abilities aren't in hand, if you don't have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotion, if you can't have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far." - Daniel Goleman

Self-control, poise, calm, the ability to speak and communicate your values and aspirations, all fall under the guise of emotional intelligence. Some people call it EQ, as in the emotional quotient, and it's vital for today's day in age, especially in the ability to manage your own stress. We will speak on how it correlates with stress and stress management, but first let's go more in depth into the meaning of emotional intelligence and what it is.


Emotional intelligence is defined according to is "the ability to understand, use and manage your own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathise with others, overcome challenges, and defuse conflict." Despite there being various definitions of emotional intelligence, you must be able to have a high EQ in order to have success because even as humans we are emotional creatures. Now emotional intelligence can be broken up into four categories and I am going to be making a series on each one and how it correlates with each other in order to fully comprehend and understand what emotional intelligence and EQ is.

  • Self-Management/Control: Management of or by oneself; the taking of responsibility for one's behaviour and well-being.

  • Self-Awareness: Conscious knowledge of one's own character, feelings, motives, and desires.

  • Social Awareness: The ability to take the perspective of and empathise with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

  • Relationship Management: Managing relationships in your life.

All four of these categories are there in order to establish a foundation in emotional intelligence and start your emotional intelligence journey. Now there are various benefits that emotional intelligence can help you with, which I am going to list below, such as:

  • Mental Health: Being able to manage your emotions allows you to reduce feelings of depression and anxiety. You will be able to generate sound relationships and not feel isolated and deal with your mental stresses.

  • Physical Health: Being able to manage your emotions enables you to manage your stress levels. So that you can reduce blood pressure, enhance the immune system, reduce risk of heart disease and strokes, increase effectiveness of fertility, etc.

  • Performance at work and school: Having high emotional intelligence enables you to navigate the social complexities of the workplace, lead and motivate others, and be prosperous in your career. Now when it comes to hiring companies now are testing EQ as much as IQ and technical ability before hiring.

  • Relationships: By understanding your emotions, and how to control them, you're better able to express how you feel, and understand the feelings of others. This allows you to communicate more effectively and increase your relationship strength at work and school.

These are all the benefits of being emotionally intelligent and by creating this series, I will be expounding on various topics and how it all correlates to stress management. Hope you enjoy the blog, have a great day, peace!! :)

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