Emotional intelligence (EQ) is an important concept that is impalpable but rather impactful. Individuals with a higher level of EQ have a better chance of navigating through social complexities and making decisions that are in line with the existing environment (Bradberry, 2020). In order for emotional intelligence to be beneficial, it has to respond to the two main types of competencies: social and personal. As Gabriel (2018) explains it in her article, it is crucial to understand other people’s emotions as carefully as your own because it could serve as a predictive factor for a person’s professional and individual successes (including job satisfaction, for example, or general happiness). Therefore, a healthy society may not be seen without emotional intelligence because if not, everyone would pursue their own good without paying attention to the needs of other people.
Based on Daniel Goleman’s commentary from a Big Think (2012) video it may be concluded that emotional intelligence could be taught in schools because kids have to acquire prosocial skills and their basic derivatives in order to remain functional within modern society. Due to the complex interactions that teenagers have to experience during their childhood, they have to be taught emotional intelligence in schools in order to gain a better understanding of why it is so important and how to apply it. Nevertheless, policymakers should carefully outline the age bracket for emotional intelligence training in order for the kids to realize the value of it and utilize it efficiently.
When speaking on the benefits of developed emotional intelligence, the first point that should be mentioned is resilience. Not only individuals would learn more about how to counter negativity, but also how to respond to it in ways that would turn pessimism into optimism. In the context of information presented in Kuther’s (2018) book, it may also be claimed that strong emotional intelligence ensures that a person will remain responsible for their actions and only operate ethical constructs that would contribute to an improved display of social skills. With a capability to regulate one’s emotions and address other people’s needs with empathy, an emotionally intelligent individual is going to be an asset for every community or business. Therefore, it should also be concluded that emotional intelligence increases self-awareness and helps individuals create an improved image for themselves.
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