Intelligence. A very common word that we come across in our daily lives. “Oh! That guy is really intelligent.” “It’s her brain that got her the job!”, “Well, I don’t think he has the mind for it.” Such kinds of phrases are something we hear now and then. But what are people referring to when they use words like “intelligent”, “brain” or “mind”? Is it an entity? A skill? A quality? Or something else?
It could mean different things in different situations.
But let’s try and define intelligence first!
There are so many parameters that bind themselves with intelligence like logical reasoning, problem-solving, analytical thinking, etc., but if we were to explain intelligence in simple words we could say “Intelligence is the ability to acquire or learn information or skills and be able to apply that knowledge effectively at the time of need.”
So if a person can learn something quickly and uses that know-how properly in practical life, he can be called intelligent. But this way of looking at intelligence largely focuses on life in a very rational sense. Not all things can be approached or be solved with this perspective.
And that is what brings in the need to learn about emotional intelligence.
Emotions are what make us humane. They help us internalize all experiences more vividly in our lives.
There are so many kinds of emotions that we experience in different situations and sometimes we just get a little too carried away by them. So much so that we fail to see the reality of the situations.
This could get us in real trouble if not taken care of and that’s what makes it even more essential to learn about emotions.
“Emotional Intelligence (otherwise known as emotional quotient or EQ) is the ability to understand, use, and manage your own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict.”
There are so many benefits of learning to identify and manage our emotions which include, better and more informed decision making, putting thoughts and ideas into action, effectively managing stress, and maintaining relationships more efficiently. Some dimensions to emotional intelligence are:
Emotional intelligence finds itself based on 4 major factors: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.
We as human beings can almost not survive without social interaction and hence it is inevitable for us to learn at least some if not all of these skills.
There are so many small activities or practices one could follow to cultivate or get better at these skills. Journaling, assertive communication, anger management, practicing gratitude as a part of daily routine, trying to develop patience and resilience are a few to name.
(Our blog has different articles that explain in detail how one can cultivate these skills easily in their life. I’ve linked those articles in this post as well, you might like to check them out!)
All successful people will tell you that these skills or virtues have played an equal role if not more than their technical or field expertise in their growth and success.
Isn’t that proof enough to explain how important factors like these are?
It’s never too late to learn anything that can better the quality of our lives and this could be one of them!!
That’s all I have to say for this week and I hope you find this useful in some way or the other.
Thank you so much for reading through this and do share this with anyone who you might think can benefit from this!
I’ll see you next Sunday with another article.
Hasita : )