Are you emotionally intelligent? Here's how to tell

October is Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month

Stars Insider

06/10/22 | StarsInsider

LIFESTYLE Emotional intelligence

You may have heard the term used in the office or in relationships, but not many people understand what emotional intelligence (EI) really means or how to acquire it—especially since it’s not something we’re ever taught or tested on.

The term was popularized in 1995, when psychologist Daniel Goleman published a book about EI, introducing much of the world to the concept that understanding and managing emotions can greatly increase your chances of success.

To sum it up, EI refers to a person's ability to identify, express, and properly respond to their own emotions, as well as the ability to understand and validate other people's emotions. Studies have also shown that people with high EI have better mental health, job performance, and leadership skills.

Click through to see signs of high emotional intelligence, based on information from Inc, as well as simple daily practices to help you improve your own EI.

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