4 Great Powers That All Emotionally Intelligent People Have

High EQ (emotional intelligence) means you have the ability to identify and manage your emotions, as well as those of others.

Until recently, EQ was not as valued as IQ because for far too long emotions came second to reason and logic. Because there is a shift we are going through now, more and more people learn to cherish this skill. Why? Because we are only beginning to discover its incredible benefits.

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Here’s what science journalist and author Daniel Goleman has to say on the topic:

“If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.”

If you have a high EQ, chances are you also have these 4 superpowers:

1. You are not bothered about criticism

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Being able to control your deepest emotions, you don’t react negatively to it either. That’s because the focus is on trying to put a positive spin on it. One other reason is that people with high EQ are already in tune with their weaknesses and have already accepted them.

And then, they know that the criticism may simply be a reflection of the person who started it.

2. EQ training can increase academic performance

There are now programs that teach EQ to children. That’s because there is clear evidence that this impacts their overall performance positively. Studies suggest that providing kids with the necessary tools to understand better their emotions is leading to more academic accomplishments.

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3. People with high EQ tend to be high earners in the workplace

Those equipped with managing their emotions are also better at communicating their emotions and understanding those of their co-workers. And good communication means stronger relationships. This could entail leadership positions as people with high EQ make great leaders.

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4. High EQ is strongly correlated with our physical and mental health

This is probably the greatest asset emotionally aware people have: the ability to cope with everyday stress in healthy ways. Being aware of our mental and physical state on a daily basis can help us take care of ourselves more. The more we recognize our triggers when it comes to stress, the more we can learn to relax.

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