Emotional Intelligence is the common thread in every project promoted by Consea Human Capital Consulting: we firmly believe in the effectiveness of this skill, which is now internationally recognized, both in the field of psychology and in business organization.
The term emotional intelligence was first used in the 1980s by psychologist Howard Gardner, who introduced the concepts of inter-personal intelligence (which allows one to understand others’ intentions and emotions) and intra-personal intelligence (i.e., the ability to understand one’s own emotions and motivations).
However, the concept of emotional intelligence was popularized and made famous by U.S. psychologist, author and science journalist Daniel Goleman, with the book “Emotional Intelligence: What It Is and Why It Can Make Us Happy”: in this essay, the author explains how a good IQ is not enough to achieve success at work and well-being in life, as a mix of self-control, perseverance, empathy and attention to others contribute to the basis of our choices.
The power of emotional intelligence
Emotional intelligence is thus the ability to recognize and understand one’s own and others’ emotions, but also the ability to use this awareness to better manage one’s own behaviours.
Why can this change our lives and, to quote Goleman’s words, make us happy? The answer is simple: emotions often get the better of us, sabotaging our chances of success at work and in life.
With emotional intelligence, however, it is possible to prevent this from happening by learning to make decisions guided by common sense and self-awareness, rather than impulsivity and fear.
By recognizing and training one’s emotional intelligence, one first achieves greater mental serenity and thus greater well-being.
Emotional intelligence between reason and emotionality
Underlying emotional intelligence, we can find neuroscientific explanations. In fact, we must consider that everything we perceive through our senses travels inside our body by means of electrical signals, which pass from cell to cell until they reach our brain and, specifically, the limbic system, where emotions are born, to arrive, only later, to the frontal lobe, the seat of logical and rational thought.
Analyzing this process, we easily conclude: even before we can rationally evaluate reality, we perceive it emotionally and react to external stimuli, first with our emotional center and then with our logical center.
That is why sometimes, in moments of anger, it is difficult to control one’s emotions, risking saying things that one does not really mean. In fact, in such cases, reason is hindered by emotions, which do not allow us to evaluate the information and thus choose the most appropriate reaction.
We can therefore say, in a grand summary, that emotional intelligence is the skill that enables us to narrow the gap between emotionality and reason.
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