Emotional Intelligence: What is it and where can we get it?


There’s a lot of buzz about emotional intelligence (EQ). Many psychologists and social researchers now believe that it is more important than IQ for a successful life. So, if it’s so intrinsic to our wellbeing, what is it? I’ve been having a look around and trying to get a clear understanding of emotional intelligence for myself, and so that I can help my kids to establish a healthy EQ.

The Oxford dictionary defines it as:

“The capacity to be aware of, control and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.”

That’s a lot. Let’s begin by looking at each section of that definition, starting with:

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