3 reasons Why Emotional Intelligence Matters

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Most of us know what IQ is, and that most of us fall in the average range. IQ stands for Intelligence Quotient. When talking about IQ, we often hear people relate words like “smart” or “stupid.” The fact is that IQ scores are derived from just standardized tests that are meant to measure intelligence. In the original IQ tests, the quotient was calculated by dividing an individual’s “mental age” by their “actual age” then multiplying that number by 100. IQ is great for helping to measure things like knowledge, reasoning, and memory. Although IQ has been the standard for measuring intelligence for quite some time, new research shows that IQ is not the only type of intelligence. The form of Intelligence I’m talking about is called EQ or Emotional Intelligence. Unlike IQ, it’s pretty obvious that emotional intelligence has to do more with our emotions. Furthermore, it’s the ability to recognize, evaluate, and control emotions of both one’s self and others. EQ is harder to measure in numbers because it is a qualitative feature. It is this qualitative reasoning inside of us that recognizes emotions in ourselves and others and guides us to respond. Although this may not seem very important at first, experts have found that EQ plays a very huge role in many parts of our lives. I personally believe EQ should be understood more as it plays a major role in our lives and especially in resolving conflicts, building healthy relationships, and overall success.

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We can say with certainty that social media has completely transformed human interaction. With its recent introduction, social media plays a major role in just about all of our relationships, whether it be personal or business. This phenomenon has both positive and negative impacts; it all depends on how we choose to utilize it. Among the negatives are the fact that online interactions make it difficult to communicate one’s true message because body language, the tone of voice, etc. are lost. Furthermore, social media allows us to create artificial identities that make us comfortable online such that we sometimes isolate ourselves from real-life interactions and relationships. Like anything, there are also positives. These include making relationships more convenient and simplifying long-distance interactions. Social media helps shrink the world and bring people closer together. The most powerful way social media affects social relationships is through being able to build a community. In my personal experience, the positives of social media interactions greatly outweigh the negatives.