Have you ever heard the term EQ, (Emotional Quotient)? You might
probably be familiar with IQ (Intelligence Quotient) and you already
know it is the yardstick to measure your level of intelligence. It’s
widely accepted in society that if you score high marks in IQ tests,
your success level in life is higher than those who rank below you.
Does a person with high IQ, in layman’s language a person with high
academic qualifications and known to be an intellectual, always handle
situations wisely? Doesn’t he get angry and lose self control? Doesn’t
he become stressed, depressed, anxious and disgusted. Is he a person who
never quarrels with others? Doesn’t he become moody and retaliate from
others when he is exhausted? Hasn’t he set unrealistic and unattainable
high profile goals?
Isn’t he driven by the motives of power hunger and insatiable need
for recognition? If you have a close look at that academia’s character,
you would find above emotions in him in no less quantity.How, then can
you say such an academia plus an intellectual is `intelligent’ enough to
cope with day to day life? If your answer is something like this “he is
academically intelligent. But he too is confronted with day to day
problems and reacts in a naturally aggressive way as an ordinary”, then
he is not emotionally intelligent.
Today, society is changing rapidly; so is your workplace. A new
yardstick is needed to measure your adaptability to your workplace. If
you possess only a sound level of IQ and high academic qualifications,
that alone would not determine your professional success.
Researchers have found that a good level of `Emotional Intelligence’
makes up the person’s professional and personal success in life.High IQ
level and qualifications may hire you, a good EQ level will promote you
in the corporate ladder. It can also be said `A good IQ level will hire
A poor EQ level will fire you.’ EQ (Emotional Quatient) means all
about managing your emotions. Many people with high IQ academic
qualification and less EQ fail in life than those with less IQ or poor
education with high EQ. If I’m to cite an example, a politician with
less IQ or with less educational qualifications would probably win
people’s hearts and be popular and become much sought after.
The importance of developing a good EQ is that people with high EQ
are happier, healthier and successful in their relationship with others.
They will also be able to handle themselves and others. Stastics show
that IQ accounts for only about 20% of a person success in life and the
rest for EQ.
A person with low level of EQ would be too sensitive and take
everything personally. He is often jealous of others, always in a
hostile mood, does not understand the feelings of others and nagging
others. Successful people like politicians, bureaucrats, professionals,
and religious leaders have a high level of Emotional Intelligence.
EQ can be defined as your ability to understand what feels good, what
feels bad and how to turn your bad feelings into good ones. The
ingredients which comprise EQ are self-awareness, being able to manage
your moods, motivate yourself, social skills such as cooperation and
If you can supersede emotional based on components to be used
accurately and at the right time, you’ll be able to adjust to your ork
place and you’ll most likely reduce professional as well as personal
|Research in neurobiology has shown that human beings operate from two
minds - the rational mind and the emotional mind. The latter is also
called the primitive mind and is the source of basic emotions such as
anger, sadness, fear, lust, surprise, disgust etc.
The harmony between the emotional mind and rational mind contributes
to Emotional Intelligence which is the key to a richer and more
fulfilling life. Courtesy: American Psychologist