| 18 Aug 2005 @ 14:56, by Scotty|
Not many years ago, the intelligence quotient, or IQ, was seen as a strong indicator of the level of success one could attain in life.
The standard IQ test measured raw intelligence, including abilities such as logic and reasoning skills, reading, writing, and analyzing.
Research, however, soon proved that the IQ could not predict academic and professional performance as once had been thought.
There was another element involved: emotional intelligence, also known as the EQ. Emotional intelligence measures one's understanding of emotions, the ability to empathize and work with others, and manage under stress.
IQ seldom changes and most people fall into the top 10% of intellectual intelligence, while EQ can change through self-discipline or a profound experience. Nonetheless, they function in tandem and are both important to personal development and success.
If IQ defines how smart you are, EQ determines how you use that blessing.
Individuals with high EQ's are better equipped to make use of their cognitive abilities. They are often chosen for advancement in their professions or volunteer experiences because they possess the ability to inspire people to action and to make others feel more confident.
People with high IQ's but low EQ's sometimes sabotage themselves because they are unable to relate to their peers, cannot handle stress constructively, and find emotional connections difficult to maintain.
Developing your EQ can help you access your innate intelligence and amplify your empathy, which can lead to career advancement and better relationships.
Practice embracing your uniqueness and the uniqueness of others, expressing your feelings and interpreting those of your friends and family, and being decisive - all of which can help boost your EQ.
Experts say that a heightened EQ can bring happiness because it lets you focus on feelings as well as facts, whereas the IQ is concerned with logic. A strong EQ also makes you more able to access the benefits of your IQ because it takes both to build a successful career, strong relationships, and a fulfilling life.
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Becoming emotionally intelligent ... [link]