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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

EI SPECIAL ........Why EQ is better than IQ

Why EQ is better than IQ

Emotional intelligence takes you farther in life than grades

Humans aren't robots, but it seems we strive to be. We're always in search for one simple tweak, or hack, which will make us be the most efficient automaton we can possible be. We are living, breathing, biological organisms driven by our emotions.Suppress your emotions. But that's rarely good advice. We're better off learning how to understand them.Then maybe we can make the kind of decisions that lead to better lives.
There are more than four emotions, sure, but that's how many we cover here. Let's get to it.

When we don't meet a certain standard, we feel ashamed. This can be a societal expectation, familial tradition, academic goal, or workplace norm. It doesn't matter.When we don't feel we're doing what's expected, we feel bad. Parents shame children. Communities shame outcasts. But, more importantly, we shame ourselves. We let fear of what others will say prevent us from taking actions that are for our own good. Here's the secret to shame: we don't talk about it. Many will deny that they've done any such thing. But we all confront shame every day. What can we do?
Talk about it. Tell others when we feel ashamed. Listen to feedback and learn how to express yourself differently. When you shame someone for doing something you wish you could do yourself, you're contributing to a stifling culture. That's not only bad for conversations around love, faith, and race. This has economic repercussions as well.Employees don't produce new ideas, take risks, or speak up when they're surrounded by a corporate culture of shame, and that can lead to a company's downfall.

Truth #1:
Don't tie your selfworth to what you do or what happens to you
Shame calls into question our self-worth. To combat shame, separate your value as a person from how people respond to you, no matter how many people tell you otherwise.
If people don't like your boyfriend, that says more about them than it does about you.
If a spouse cheats with a coworker, that doesn't mean you've failed as a loving person.
And, if someone criticizes a song you performed, that's no reason to give up singing.

Guilt and shame make for good bedfellows. But there's a big difference between the two. Where shame says, “I am bad,“ guilt says, “I did something bad.“

Truth #2:
Guilt doesn't mean you're an awful person
It means you made a mistake. That means you can salvage yourself.An apology, a second chance, or a gift may be all you need to assuage the feeling of guilt and prevent yourself from falling into a more lasting depression. For this reason, guilt isn't inherently unwanted.True, none of us ever want to feel guilty. It's not anyone's idea of a good idea. But it does encourage us not to engage in bad behavior. Let's say you make a joke over dinner and accidentally hurt a friend's feelings.Feeling guilty is a good thing. No, you shouldn't have said what you said, but it's nice that you notice you did something wrong. This encourages you to do something about it. There are deeper feelings you need to confront, which is why being able to distinguish between your emotions is a powerful thing.

There are two kinds of fear. There's the kind that arises when you see a bear charging toward you. Then there's the kind we create, such as the fear of speaking in public. The first kind is important. You should be afraid of a hungry bear. Getting out of harm's way can keep you alive. The second kind is harmful. It causes anxiety, increases stress levels, and hinders our ability to make prudent decisions. Fear that we create can be summed up by the acronym: False Evidence Appearing Real.Fictitious fear can lead to real harm.If your spouse loves you today, being afraid of them leaving you doesn't help your relationship.

Truth #3:
Dwelling on that fear may cause the outcome you were trying to prevent
So, the next time you feel afraid, analyze what you're feeling. Are you in any real danger? No? Then being afraid probably isn't the best emotional response. Take a deep breath, and live life a step at a time.

When we go too long without human interaction, we feel it as strongly as any sickness or injury.Technology has only exasperated the issue, with our phones providing the illusion that any moment not spent interacting with another person is a lonely one. There is a difference between being momentarily alone and a long-term sense of isolation. It's okay to be alone. We all need to spend time in tune with nothing more than our own thoughts. Art and creativity only spawn when we are not distracted by anything else.

Truth #4:
Problems arise when we go weeks, months, or years without feeling connected
Isolation is the threat many other emotions conceal. The reason shame is effective stems from our desire to be accepted. Whether shame comes from a community, an employer, or a lover, it's the isolation that we fear.Otherwise we would have nothing to lose by leaving shamers behind to feel what they wish.
To really address loneliness, we can't think solely of our ourselves.Keep an eye out for others. Go up and speak to someone sitting alone at a party. Say a kind word to someone who appears to be having a rough day. Sometimes it only takes a few words to remind us that we aren't alone.
Emotional intelligence can see you through the day. Emotions can leave you feeling out of control. To a certain extent, you are. We are all emotional creatures, with our brain chemistry determining how we feel from one moment to the next. But we are also conscious, and emotional intelligence teaches us how to interpret and respond to what we're feeling.
This article was first published in
Bertel King, Jr

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