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).
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.
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.
|Jonathan Philbin Bowman|
|Rowan Philip Sunday Times 1999|
|Corporate Health Article|
|Michele Horgan Irish Examiner|
|Irish Independent March 2008|
|Sunday Times 1999|