While many researchers have tried to understand intelligence it is a difficult task. Intelligence is probably comprised of many parts or different types of intelligence. Men such as Binet, Terman and Wechsler have all played a role in the development of IQ tests that measure logic abilities and yet this testing is persistently lacking in its ability account for other forms of intelligence (Hockenbury & Hockenbury, 2012). It seems standardized testing is quite limiting in predicting an individual’s potential for success. For example emotional intelligence has been shown to correlate highly with success in social situations. This should not be underestimated as it can lead to success in both personal and professional life.
Emotional intelligence certainly involves the ability to recognize emotions in other people. However, this hardly captures the full essence of emotional intelligence. In a sense, this branch of intelligence is also comprised of the ability to think about ones own emotions and reason through them. In addition, someone with a high level of emotional intelligence would be able to recognize and empathize with other people’s emotions. Both abilities can lead to success. Emotional intelligence helps people to relate to one another and become easier to work with, especially on a day-to-day basis or in a leadership role (McCleskey, 2014). That is not to say that someone with high emotional intelligence is a push over. Quite the contrary as someone who can effectively understand emotions is more capable of talking about them and addressing problems with others. Overall emotional intelligence is a positive factor. It represents a willingness to understand the self and others, which is an aspect of maturity. It also rejects selfishness, which demonstrates will power, all extremely important aspects of the psychological persona.
Because of the importance of emotional intelligence, and its unique ability to provide insight to others, it is of the utmost important that people exercise emotional intelligence and mature and develop this skill with age. There are many possible ways in which to achieve this goal. One might talk to a close friend about their emotions to have someone to offer advice and an outside perspective. Or, reading about theories of emotional intelligence may be helpful. Finally, a stressed mind cannot accurately comprehend emotion. Some people may benefit from meditating on their thoughts.
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- Hockenbury, Don H. & Hockenbury, Sandra E. (2012). Psychology Sixth Edition. Worth Publishers.
- McCleskey, J. (2014). Emotional intelligence and leadership. International Journal of Organizational Analysis, 22(1), 76-93.