When it comes to talking about intelligence, someone’s intelligence quotient (IQ) is usually what comes to mind; however, there is another type of intelligence that’s often overlooked but equally important: your emotional intelligence (EQ).
Your EQ is a key component of building any professional or personal relationship. Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and manage your emotions and other people’s. It is important for navigating your relationships with your boss, colleagues, friends, family, and your significant other.
According to Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a neuropsychologist and faculty member at Columbia University, there are three primary pillars of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, motivation to rationally look at a problem and find a solution, and the ability to develop social skills. Luckily, you can constantly work on these three pillars to boost your emotional intelligence so you can develop a stronger self-awareness, which will impact your ability to interpret and respond to other people’s emotions and your own. Read more