The truth is, most of us could probably benefit from learning to handle our emotions more constructively. With good reason, emotional intelligence (EQ) is a concept that has become increasingly popular in contemporary psychology. In addition to being linked to greater relationship satisfaction, EQ is associated with better work performance and an increased ability to manage stress.
So, if you want to develop deeper connections with friends, colleagues, or your significant other, cultivating your emotional intelligence (EQ) should be one of your top priorities. But what exactly is EQ, and how do you go about working on it?
The good news is that EQ can be developed with practice. These nine tips will get you well on your way to increasing your emotional intelligence, and strengthening your relationships in the process!
1. KNOW THY SELF
The foundation of EQ is self-awareness, as having a deep understanding of yourself provides you with more accurate perceptions of how you are coming across to others. To increase your self-awareness, make an effort to reflect on your strengths, developmental opportunities, triggers, values, and the like so that you are intimately familiar with what makes you tick. Do this regularly!
2. BE OPEN TO FEEDBACK AND CRITICISM.
Emotionally intelligent people are receptive to hearing and considering others’ feedback. While you may or may not agree with others’ points of view, weighing their feedback can help you guard against blind spots and assist you in recognizing if your behaviours.