What is Emotional Intelligence?

The Oxford dictionaries define emotional intelligence as the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.

Emotional intelligence requires three skills: the ability to harness emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem solving; the ability to manage emotions, which includes regulating your own emotions and the ability to help others manage their emotions.

How Emotional Intelligence works

Emotional intelligence is essential in successful relationships. Since emotional intelligence is our ability to reason about emotions and process emotional information, it starts with listening to our body, understanding what we are feeling and what caused us to feel this way. Emotional Intelligence begins when we are able to verbalise this information and use it to guide our thinking and behaviour.

Empathy is one of the keys to emotional intelligence. Having the ability to feel what another person is feeling enhances the depth of relationship we experience.