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What Is Emotional Intelligence!from: Jim Holden - Staff Writer
As it is a relatively new area in psychology, emotional intelligence is still not fully recognized, or treated as being entirely relevant. It is more than likely that you will find various definitions of what exactly constitutes emotional intelligence, since many experts still disagre on what this area of intelligence truly measures.
However it is also very clear that recently people have shown signs of great interest in this area of human personality, since they are able to create profitable products centred around that particlar subject area.
Intelligence and cognition are two distinctly separate components of human intelligence. IQ is the parameter of measuring cognitive capacities, and is said to be constant at any moment in time when it is measured, although it can be improved and maximized however. Nevertheless it would still be limited by the constant value which the Intellectual Quotient represents.
Say if a person has an IQ score of 118, then it is very possible that this would remain the same throughout that person's life. A change of a point or two might occur perhaps due to developmental factors, or margin of error given to a specific IQ test, but the case is entirely different with regards to Emotional Intelligence.
It has been observed how quickly someone can change from experiencing single emotion to another one, but this does of course depend on the person being subjected to the test, or a reaction to a given situation. We all react differently to different conditions and there is still no concrete parameter available to measure this, as emotions themselves are inconsistent. They largely depend on the person who isexperiencing them, as to what effect that they have on that particular individual.
No one can as yet accurately determine how to measure emotional intelligence fully due to many inconsistencies in trying to do this. There is no complete demarcation line between knowledge and intelligence (using the parallelism to describe emotions). Various definitions say that emotional intelligence is dynamic, and changes frequently depending on what condition the person is faced with at any given time. It can actually increase or decrease, and at times it may even be lost altogether according to some experts, although others disagree, suggesting that emotions are in fact stable, and therefore cannot be affected by any change in outside conditions.
One thing is central to these facts though, and that is that emotions are developed, and we are not innately equipped with them at the time of childbirth. Emotions are not even implanted in us during our prenatal stage, nor are they recorded in our genes, so in many ways they are only developed according to the experiences which we had during our growing up stages.
Emotional intelligence is the capacity of an individual to define his own emotions, and to become sensitive to those that he perceives from the world around him, and also the circle of people that he is interacting with. It may also be the case that emotional intelligence is the use of the knowledge of these emotions to control specific situations, and to create plans and decisions based on those perceived emotions.
Other resources would further suggest that emotional intelligence is that part of our personality which dictates that we become more aware of what triggered a specific reaction, both our own reactions, and those of others around us. It is also known that we use our emotions to reason out as it were, situations around us and relationships with others.
There are many definitions on what emotional intelligence truly is, but so far we have gathered two constants, namely emotions, and understanding the context and concepts of emotions.
At the end of the day, emotional intelligence is very much focused on one's understanding and utilization of his or her emotions, and also in theidentification of another person's emotions. These combined aspects will help us determine the proper actions which we must make in order to create viable decisions, but emotional intelligence is of course much broader than just this interpretation.
That in itself is a very extensive subject which we cannot cover in depth in this short article.