Daniel Goleman is a best selling author, well known for his books on Emotional Intelligence. He often writes about how having an EQ is just as important as your IQ; and how our emotional abilities are an important part of growth and strength in relationships. He writes:
“In a very real sense, we have two minds; one that thinks and one that feels.”
“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.”
When we have a greater capacity for understanding our emotions; whether that be a tendency to over react 0r a tendency to suppress, we can begin the work of moving to a higher state of emotional intelligence. Goleman notes that empathy is a high water mark of EQ:
For a greater exploration of emotional intelligence, you can link into a past series on just this topic:
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