What is Emotional Intelligence, and What Does it Do For You?
HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter
Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:
- What is Emotional Intelligence, and What Does it Do For You?
- Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans
- From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs
- Stand Up for Mental Health
- Latest Mental Health News
Imagine being able to make your emotions work for you rather than experiencing emotions as erratic feelings that control you (Learn How To Control Your Emotions). The ability to do that is known as emotional intelligence.
The essence of emotional intelligence is being able to fully notice, identify, assess, and regulate your emotions. Emotional intelligence also applies to others; being able to notice and identify others' emotions is an important part of human connection and increases empathy.
Emotional intelligence allows us to manage our emotions. Often, we find ourselves controlled by our feelings, and we become stuck in a pattern of reacting to the world around us. When we simply act on emotions, we're being controlled by our emotions. Developing emotional intelligence allows us to manage our emotions and act intentionally rather than letting our feelings and actions spiral out of control.
It's possible to hone emotional intelligence.
- Start by noticing your emotions without judgement; just let them "be" without trying to label or stop them.
- Notice how your emotions and your thoughts are connected. How are you feeling, and what are you thinking about the feelings, a situation, etc.?
- Noticing emotions and thoughts allows you to distance yourself from the intensity of emotions so that you can assess a situation and take control of your actions rather than letting your emotions control you.
Related Articles Dealing with Emotional Intelligence
- Emotional Intelligence—How to Increase Your Bliss EQ
- What is Emotional Health? And How to Improve It?
- You Can Boost Your Emotional Intelligence to Beat the Winter Blues
- The Importance of Emotional Regulation in PTSD Recovery
Today's Question: When you’re experiencing strong emotions, what helps you step back and take control of your emotions? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.
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Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:
- The Stigma of Suicide
- Helping Your ADHD Child with Homework
- What Causes Mental Illness? Genetics, Environment, Risk Factors
If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.
On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.
- Did Orlando Shooter Mateen Have Bipolar Disorder?
- Making Food Your Friend in Eating Disorder Recovery
- Addiction Recovery and Staying Sober During Tragedy
- Becoming Your Own Mentor
- Self-Injury: What Few People Know About Self-Harm
- How to Use Positive Affirmations to Improve Your Self-Esteem
- 15 Common Signs of Unresolved Trauma
- Addiction Is a Behavior It’s Not about a Substance
- Mental Illness and Gun Violence: Stigma Teaches Fear
- Three Ways to Get Better Sleep
- Anxiety Has a Purpose; Know It and Beat Anxiety
- Life with Dissociative Identity Disorder: An Ongoing Journey
- Moms with Mental Illness: Prioritize Naptime This Summer
- Tips for Handling Grief in a Healthy Way
- Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, and Binge Spending
- When Good Things Happen and you Still Want To Binge
- How To Cope With Your New Borderline Diagnosis
Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.
Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign
But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.
Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:
- Marijuana, Alcohol Use May Harm Teens' Mental Health, Academic Outcomes
- Community-Based Programme Improves Depression In Chronic Pain Patients
- Trauma In Childhood Linked To Drug Use In Adolescence
- People Who Sleep Late Tend To Have Poorer Diets And To Be Less Physically Active
- Adults Who Have High Physical Fitness In Middle Age May Be At 37 Percent Lower Risk Of Stroke
- Brain Activity Differs Between Men And Women When Cooperating
- Mouse Study Suggests Autism Is Not Just A Disease Of The Brain
- The Lancet Finds That Most Antidepressants Offer No Benefit For Children And Adolescents With Major Depression
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Peterson, T. (2016, August 17). What is Emotional Intelligence, and What Does it Do For You?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2020, September 23 from https://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/mental-health-newsletter/what-is-emotional-intelligence-and-what-does-it-do-for-you