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E motional intelligence has been defined as the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.

Being emotionally intelligent helps you understand and evaluate others. Some research has revealed there are five main elements of emotional intelligence: Self-Awareness, Self-Regulation, Motivation, Empathy and Social Skills.

Why You Need to Develop Emotional Intelligence

You’re able to identify emotions

Emotionally intelligent people quite comfortably identify and name emotions. They are better able to understand the roles the emotion(s) play in thoughts, words, and actions. This enables them to see what’s happening “below the surface,” and identify the reasons behind the behaviour.

You avoid making impulsive decisions

Emotionally intelligent people know that all emotions are fleeting, and often making important decisions in the process can lead to regrets. Therefore, they try to pause and think before they act or speak—especially when they find themselves emotionally charged.

It sharpens your storytelling skills

Don’t we all love great stories? Emotionally intelligent people are able to bring numbers, facts, and key ideas to life using narratives. Through illustrations and real-life examples, they inspire and motivate people.


It helps you demonstrate humility and honesty

Even though many people view humility as a weakness, it is a trait of emotionally intelligent people. They use criticism as a means to grow and learn from others. Furthermore, emotionally intelligent people avoid half-truths. They strive to present information accurately to avoid misinterpretations.

It helps you take advantage of emotions

Our emotions practically influence everything we do. They help us choose career paths; identify the things we enjoy or not; how we spend our time and the people we spend it with. In hard times, emotional intelligence provides us with light to help us make important choices and even go through dire circumstances.

How to Develop Your Emotional Intelligence

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