Key Elements Of Emotional Intelligence

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Author and science journalist Daniel Goleman reported for 12 years on the brain and behavioral sciences. Goleman was a major factor in making the topic of “ Emotional Intelligence” popular in one of his books. “If your emotional abilities aren't in hand if you don't have self-awareness if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions 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) This quote is one of many from Goleman expressing the importance of emotional intelligence in your everyday life. On first thought, one might try to guess what emotional intelligence means or what it even is. So what is emotional intelligence, you might be asking…show more content…
It is generally said to include three skills: emotional awareness; the ability to harness emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem solving; and the ability to manage emotions, which includes regulating your own emotions and cheering up or calming down other people. Furthermore, we can break emotional intelligence down to five key elements. That being self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills. The first key element of emotional intelligence is self-awareness, which is having the knowledge of an awareness of your own personality and character. Self-awareness is partial knowledge about the self: strengths and weaknesses, vulnerabilities and passions. You learn more about yourself from being in a classroom or even sitting on a couch. It comes out of both experience and unexpected success and failure, also from what others say and by receiving feedback on a…show more content…
What it means to have self-awareness is to know about yourself. You know about some of your strengths and weaknesses, your motives, feelings, and desires. I feel like this is one of my best skills because I know what areas that I need improvement on and I work hard to improve upon them. Whether it may be practicing it on a daily basis or asking some companions for help. Knowing myself helps me to better coordinate responsibilities when it comes to doing group projects or even when it comes to helping someone else. I feel like this has made me a better citizen because I have learned and motivated myself to do things that past me wouldn’t even try to accomplish. I have learned how to deal with different scenarios and how to act differently to defuse or help the situation. This is why I believe being self-aware is my dominate emotional
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