Emotional-intelligence is heavily researched and gained popularity in 1995 when Daniel Goleman popularized the two words. Before Goleman, researchers had been working to connect intelligence and cognition to social situations.
Since then, emotional-intelligence has presented effective ways to govern our moods in personal and professional situations.
Emotional-intelligence can be taught and learned to change ineffective behavioral patterns to improve how we manage emotions. The Institute for Health and Human Potential states that “Understanding and managing our emotions (and the emotions of others) helps us to be more successful in both our personal and professional lives.” The institute goes on to explain how emotional-intelligence helps’ individuals in personal circumstances as well as in professional endeavors:
At a personal level, emotional intelligence helps us:
· Have uncomfortable conversations without hurting feelings
· Manage our emotions when stressed or feeling overwhelmed
· Improve relationships with the people we care about
At work, emotional intelligence can help us:
· Resolve conflicts
· Coach and motivate others
· Create a culture of collaboration
· Build psychological safety within teams
There is a strong need for emotional-intelligence to be integrated at a young age, because it instills in one about the great need for effective communication with others. Because, the majority of our lives is spent in settings where we must communicate and respond to messages. EI is needed to cultivate meaningful relationships with others while acknowledging the importance of self-care.
EI’s emphasis on awareness and empathy are top-notch solutions to emotionally-driven actions, which are proven to cause harm. Also, since our human instincts seek individualist endeavors with minimal consideration for those whom we cross paths with. Additionally, because the globalness of the world requires us to understand the dynamics of cultural norms and how those are projected in different settings.
In a socially-defined world where our surroundings are operating differently, and many systemic designs are causing individuals to experience life differently; individuals should learn to utilize emotional-intelligence. Essentially, we are walking creations of different experiences who, in turn, intermix. To understand those differences and work in collaboration and conjunction; one’s emotions-and-intelligence must be cultivated throughout life’s developmental stages.
Emotional-intelligence forces us to consider questions about ourselves, the information around us, and the people we come in contact with. Questions such as, do you understand your personality trait and how that impacts your exchange with others? Do you change your views once new information emerges about what you believe? Can you administer respect and care to someone who is experiencing pain?
On the global scale, emotional-intelligence is not taught enough because we see people who use beliefs to have discussions. Their humanity is literally erased as they vaunt about titles, material wealth, and associations. They seek justification to their creeds versus wanting to discuss how those beliefs came to be. Consequently, the world is seeing divisiveness because people are eager to validate about their ways-of-life but ignorant to how others live life.