Anywhere on the internet you can find quizzes about which celeb is your spirit animal or what does your eye color say about your relationship. While these quizzes may be very amusing, their accuracy and validity are questionable. One of the newest tests, similar to these fun and simple quizzes but relatable to daily life, measures emotional intelligence.
Emotional Intelligence is “the ability to recognize one’s own and other people’s emotions, to discriminate between different feelings and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information from oneself and others to guide thinking and behavior”. Having a high level of emotional intelligence allows one to be fully aware of one’s own emotions, as well as others, and leads to more effective communication verbally and physically.
Here are some thoughts from our clinical staff on emotional intelligence:
“Emotional intelligence allows us to resist being reactive just because we feel like doing so. By curbing our reactivity we can provide space to experience other people in meaningful ways beyond just our reactive interpretations.”
"The most important thing about emotional intelligence is that first we have to recognize that emotions are extremely helpful tools that we can use to understand our experiences and make decisions with wisdom. Wisdom is both emotional intelligence and analytical intelligence. I believe that teaching our children emotional intelligence, not emotional sensitivity but understanding their own emotions, is one of the greatest gifts we can give them to prepare them for life in the real world.”