Specialists in Personal Development.

Mindlink Foundation

Emotional Intelligence Workshop

Establish and Maintain a Comfortable and Meaningful Existence

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What is Emotional Intelligence?

Emotional intelligence (EI) refers to the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions. Some researchers suggest that emotional intelligence can be learned and strengthened, while others claim it is an inborn characteristic.

Since 1990, Peter Salovey and John D. Mayer have been the leading researchers on emotional intelligence. In their influential article "Emotional Intelligence," they defined emotional intelligence as, "the subset of social intelligence that involves the ability to monitor one's own and others' feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them and to use this information to guide one's thinking and actions" (1990).

The Four Branches of Emotional Intelligence

Salovey and Mayer proposed a model that identified four different factors of emotional intelligence: the perception of emotion, the ability reason using emotions, the ability to understand emotion and the ability to manage emotions.

  1. Perceiving Emotions: The first step in understanding emotions is to accurately perceive them. In many cases, this might involve understanding nonverbal signals such as body language and facial expressions.

  1. Reasoning With Emotions: The next step involves using emotions to promote thinking and cognitive activity. Emotions help prioritize what we pay attention and react to; we respond emotionally to things that garner our attention.

  1. Understanding Emotions: The emotions that we perceive can carry a wide variety of meanings. If someone is expressing angry emotions, the observer must interpret the cause of their anger and what it might mean. For example, if your boss is acting angry, it might mean that he is dissatisfied with your work; or it could be because he got a speeding ticket on his way to work that morning or that he's been fighting with his wife.

  1. Managing Emotions: The ability to manage emotions effectively is a key part of emotional intelligence. Regulating emotions, responding appropriately and responding to the emotions of others are all important aspect of emotional management.

Emotional intelligence or EQ, is an array of skills and competencies that we develop throughout our lives to help establish and maintain a comfortable and meaningful existence. Without emotional intelligence we will struggle to make informed decisions, we will not know how to plan the stages of building and happy and stable existence. We might not have the self-belief and confidence that we can actually build a decent life. We find it difficult to manage good working relationships. When the pressure is on we will not know how to deal with the stress and anxiety. Or when something small goes wrong, we fall apart.

If you want to make sure that you build the best possible life, and become the most you can be, you need to make sure that emotional intelligence is in your mental tool box.  

So, what is emotional intelligence and how do we use it?

Emotional intelligence consists of 5 main areas:

• Intra personal skills – the conversation we have with ourselves on a daily basis

• Interpersonal skills – our interactions with others

• Stress Management – our resilience

• Adaptability – how flexible we are

• General mood – our happiness and optimism. People who have developed and have good intra personal skills are in touch with their feelings,feel good about themselves and feel positive about what they are doing. They are able to express their feelings, are independent, strong and confident in conveying their ideas and beliefs. They generally wake up in the morning and can’t wait to hang out with themselves on their building site of life.

Emotional self awareness is one of the most important skills we can have; it is our control-station, office. We know exactly what is happening at all times.  If we are aware of our feelings and where they come from, they won’t suddenly rush upon us and make us say and do crazy things that we may regret later.

This workshop is suitable for all - no completion of previous Mindlink© workshops needed.