Essay: What is Emotional Intelligence
Emotional intelligence, (EI) can be described as the ability for one to be in a position to control his or her own emotions and at the same time understand the emotions of the other people who are around him or her. A person who is gifted with this ability will always be in a position to control his feelings as well as of those people he or she is living with.
Charles Darwin emphasized on the importance of using emotional intelligence as a way of survival and second adaptation. If one is able to control his or her emotions and at the same time understand the feelings of the people who are close, then that person will never be considered as a social misfit. Initially people thought that the most important one had to do in order to be considered as an intelligent person was only through his or her prowess in academics. As much as we give much importance to academic intelligence, it is worthy noting that EI is of the same or more importance. According to Salovey and Mayer, EI is “the ability to perceive emotion, integrate emotion to facilitate thought, understand emotions and to regulate emotions to promote personal growth.” (Mayer et al 2008)