The 10 Commandments of Emotional Intelligence

The 10 Commandments of Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence has been shown to be associated with happiness and success in life.

Understanding oneself, and others, and responding appropriately and effectively to what one notices indubitably creates more positive emotions, such as happiness, and more opportunities for constructive action and, therefore, productivity.

Accordingly, if you’d like to boost your emotional intelligence then you really should do these 10 things…

via by Justin Bariso

Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify emotions (in both yourself and others), to recognize the powerful effects of those emotions, and to use that information to inform and guide behavior.

It begins with learning how emotions work, but it goes much further. Specifically, how do you start putting that knowledge into practice?

If you’d like to make emotions work for you, instead of against you, pay attention to the following “10 commandments.”

I. Thou shalt ponder thy feelings.

Emotional Intelligence begins by learning to ask the right questions, like “What is my current mood, and how might that influence my decisions today?” or “What are my strengths and weaknesses?”

This is one way to begin building self-awareness, which will yield valuable insights that can be used to your advantage.

II. Thou shalt learn from other perspectives.

When listening to others, don’t focus on right or wrong; rather, work to understand how perceptions differ, and the reasons behind this.

That includes learning to take negative feedback, which can expose blind spots and lead to self-improvement.

III. Thou shalt learn to “pause.”

“The pause” is as simple as taking a moment to stop and think before you act or speak. (But beware: While easy in theory, it’s difficult to practice.)

Don’t expect perfection. But practice consistently, and the pause will prevent you embarrassment and could save countless relationships…

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