Intelligence quotient, or IQ, is a commonly known by the human species as a measure of intelligence. IQ is IQ tests are common to measure someones level of intelligence. These tests contain a number of standardized tests evaluating areas such as critical thinking, memory, and problem solving.
Something that is less known to people and often not discussed when it comes to someones intelligence is what is called emotional intelligence, or EQ – emotional quotient.
EQ can be defined as the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. Emotional Intelligence can’t be accessed like IQ, it is something that is almost near impossible to test and put an exact “score” on. Although the concept behind EQ is more abstract, it is truly more important to understand and excel at in life.
No matter how high of an IQ you have it is nothing without the ability to communicate the information that you know in a clear and efficient manner to a variety of individuals.
Whether you want to believe it or not networking and creating a large social network are crucial to success in life. Having a high emotional intelligence is key to this aspect of life. It is pertinent to be able to relate to many people, as well as behave in a manner that will make them feel comfortable or gain you favor in their eyes. Being able to have empathy and understand how people are feeling or how they react to certain situations will make you all the wiser, likeable, and help you build those important connections.
Improving your EQ can help you in your social life, dating life, and work life because you can recognize emotions and act in the best possible manner contingent upon the situation. Understanding EQ can also help you recognize your own emotions and deal with them which will make you happier in the long run. One way to boost your EQ is to do just that and become in touch with your own emotions. It is difficult to realize the emotions of others if you don’t know your own.
Another way to raise EQ is to socialize with people you normally wouldn’t. This forces you outside of your comfort zone and helps you understand different perspectives. It is key to pick up on small things such as phrases or words that trigger a reaction and also the body language a person has. Working at having a high emotional intelligence will make you happier, more comfortable with yourself, and generally more successful in all your endeavors
For additional information on EQ the book “Emotional Intelligence” by Daniel Goleman is an excellent read.