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Emotional Intelligence


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Emotional Intelligence

  1. 1. Running Head: EMOTION, LEARNING AND MOTIVATION 1 Emotion, Learning and Motivation Laketa A Byrd American InterContinental University
  2. 2. Running Head: EMOTION, LEARNING AND MOTIVATION 2 AbstractEmotional intelligence is having the ability to use, identify, manage and understand emotions.With the use of emotional intelligence, you can relieve stress, communicate effectively, havingthe ability empathize with others, overcome challenges and diffuse conflicts as they arise.Emotional intelligence also impacts the way you interact with others. Having emotionalintelligence can also help you recognize your own emotional state as well as the emotional stateof others. In this essay, I briefly discuss the emotional intelligence test I took, understandingmore about emotional intelligence, how it functions and how to enhance your emotionalintelligence going forward.
  3. 3. Running Head: EMOTION, LEARNING AND MOTIVATION 3 Emotion, Learning and Motivation Recently, I took an Emotional Intelligence test. This test is used to assess your capacityto recognize the emotions of yourself and others, understand the best ways to motivate yourselfand keep yourself motivated and how to manage your feelings as well as the feelings of others.The test took about 20 minutes to complete and had one hundred and forty-six questions on it,but it didn’t require a lot of thinking on my part. I use emotional intelligence in my everyday lifeby reading other peoples signals as well as recognizing my own signals and adapting accordinglyin every situation I may face. I received a score of seventy-eight. My emotional intelligenceskills is what helps me to be able to read others, understand how they feel and identify my ownemotions, which in turn may help others to express their emotions. How successful we are will depend on how well we’re able to read other people and howto react appropriately to them by using the five categories of emotional intelligence, self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills (Bressert, 2007). Self-awareness is having the ability to recognize emotions as it happens by tuning into your feelings.Self-regulation is how you handle emotions and recast situations in a more positive light.Motivation is how you function in order to achieve your goals and how to maintain a positiveattitude while achieving them. Empathy is the ability to recognize feelings of others and theability to discern those feelings. Social skills are developing interpersonal skills in order tosucceed and become successful in life and in your career. Using emotional intelligence will helpyou understand how to relate better with people, form healthier relationships, achieve greatersuccess and lead a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life. According to Educational Business Articles (2012), a psychologist by the name of DanielGoleman helped make the idea of emotional intelligence popular with his concept that there are
  4. 4. Running Head: EMOTION, LEARNING AND MOTIVATION 4four elements involving the theory of emotional intelligence such as self-awareness, socialawareness, self-management and social skills. The theory behind these elements was that themore you’re in control and able to handle each of these elements, the higher your emotionalintelligence will become. Some examples of emotional intelligence is being able to recognizeand manage your own emotions appropriately, being able to recognize and effectively deal withothers’ emotions and being able to motivate yourself and maintaining successful relationships. Emotional intelligence is very important because it teaches us how to interact with othersas well as how to control your own emotions, especially since emotions are constantly beingcommunicated from one person to another on a daily basis. Many people think it’s always thesmart or brilliant people that become successful, but it’s not always the smartest people that arethe most successful and most fulfilled in life. There are many famous people like MarkZuckerberg, one of the inventors of Facebook, that has never completed college but are verysuccessful today. Just like there are famous people like Jessica Simpson who has never evenfinished high school, but they are very successful. These people used emotional intelligence tohelp them to become success that they are today. Some may not be academically intelligent, yetthey have an enormous amount of socially skills and there are some that are socially inept but arevery academically intelligent. Emotional intelligence can affect your work performance, yourphysical and mental health and your relationships (Segal, J., Smith, M., 2012). When we’re not emotionally intelligent ourselves, we tend to rely on those that havehigher emotional intelligence to guide us. Those that have high emotional intelligence areparticularly good at establishing positive relationships with others, understanding and assistothers live together with greater harmony and satisfaction (Euro Africa Central Network, n.d.).According to the article, High Performance through Emotional Intelligence (2008), emotional
  5. 5. Running Head: EMOTION, LEARNING AND MOTIVATION 5intelligence enriches our lives and is crucial to our success both in work and life in general. Inorder to be successful in any interpersonal activity, you must be aware of your own emotions, beable to manage them just as you must also be aware of the emotions of others and have tomanage any interaction with them. According to Norman Rosenthal, M.D. (2012), there are several ways a person canenhance their emotional intelligence. One way is to not interrupt or change subjects when you’refeeling uncomfortable. Stop judging or edit your feelings too quickly by trying not to dismissyour feelings before you have a change to think them through. Listen to your body such as aknot in your stomach while you’re on your way to work can be a sign that your job is causingyou stress. Tune into your unconscious feelings by allowing your thoughts to roam freely, watchwhere they go and sometimes you may want to analyze your dreams. Start asking yourself howyou feel today and rate your overall sense of well-being. Write down your thoughts and feelingswhich can have a profound effect on your emotional intelligence. Also know when enough isenough and shift your focus outward.
  6. 6. Running Head: EMOTION, LEARNING AND MOTIVATION 6 ReferencesBressert, S. (2007). What is emotional intelligence (EQ)?. Retrieved from Business Articles. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.educational-business- performance through emotional intelligence. (2008). Retrieved from, N., (2012). 10 ways to enhance your emotional intelligence. Retrieved from your-emotional-intelligenceSegal, J., Smith, M. (2012). Emotional intelligence. Retrieved from is Emotional Intelliegence Important. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.euroafrica- intelligence-important.html