Hello. Bonjour. Ni Hao. Willkommen. Konnichiwa. Welcome to Thrive. In this week’s issue we will be focusing on emotional awareness and the benefits of being emotionally aware.
Do you think that you’re a smart person? Would you call yourself a good partner in your relationships? Can you do both? While we might think that we can determine the value of a person based on how “smart” they are, smartness is not the only way to judge a person. We cannot focus on such superficial criteria. Intelligence is not the only measure of a person’s worth.
In today’s ever-changing society, when trying to find the best person for the job and everyone comes in with stellar academic credentials, how do you separate the wheat from the chaff? The answer is to look for someone who is emotionally aware, Someone who not only has a high IQ but also a high EQ (emotional quotient).
High EQ is judged based on emotional awareness. As a company, you are always trying to find that person who can allow you to gel as a company. Finding someone who is emotionally aware would better benefit your company.
Firstly, emotionally aware people are able to handle workplace relationships and conflict better than others. They are less affected by and therefore, able to remain diplomatic amidst office politics. These people are also able to maintain a clear separation between the different parts of their life thereby reducing the effect one can have on the other.
Secondly, emotionally aware people are able to better control their decisions, allowing them to stay calm and thereby making better decisions. They are also able to balance their life well and thus achieving better mental and physical health.
So, can you be high in both IQ and EQ? Absolutely. Whilst the intelligence of a person is largely determined by genetic factors, emotional awareness can be improved by training. However, one must stay committed to improving their emotional state. For many people, such a commitment is what deters them from improving themselves. Don’t be at the mercy of your emotions, but use them and dominate them.
This week, we’ve put together pieces for you to explore the idea of emotions helping you navigate your life better - soak it in, and we will be back next week with tools for your every day life to manage your emotions better.