Emotional Intelligence Assignment

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Dr. Hanson defines “emotional intelligence as an overall capacity to deal with emotions and emotional information in effective and purposeful ways” (Emotional intelligence in the classroom, 2008, 3:03). This includes a person understanding their emotions and the emotions of others, the way emotions affect them and others, and the parts emotions play in our actions. Emotions are more than just the way we feel at any given moment, they are how we handle that moment. Emotional intelligence is a vital part of relationships requiring each person to understand their emotions, to have workable strategies to manage their emotions, and to have the ability to ensure they are in an appropriate emotional state when interacting with those in their life. …show more content…
“By understanding your emotions and how to control them, you’re better able to express how you feel and understand how others are feeling. This allows you to communicate more effectively and forge stronger relationships, both at work and in your personal life” (Segal & Smith, 2015, para. 9). The key to a personal understanding of emotions is knowing what your emotional intelligence is. This can be identified by completing a personal emotional intelligence assessment and using this assessment to understand the emotional intelligence of oneself and those with whom interactions occur. My personal assessment score of sixty out of one hundred gave me insight into my emotional intelligence and how that affects the way I interact with people in my life. According to my results, I have low …show more content…
An important strategy for managing emotions is managing stress. “High levels of stress can overwhelm the mind and body, getting in the way of your ability to accurately “read” a situation, hear what someone else is saying, be aware of your own feelings and needs, and communicate clearly” (Segal & Smith, 2015, para. 17). What this means is a person that has control over the stress in their life is more in tune with what is happening around them and can make mature emotional assessments. Stress can be lowered by engaging your senses which can be accomplished by deciphering what is personally soothing or calming (Segal & Smith, 2015). Another strategy for managing emotions is becoming emotionally self-aware. “Emotional self-awareness is essentially our insight into our own emotional experiences. Emotions impact on a lot of things: the way we think, the way we behave, the decisions that we make. And they also have an impact on the people around us” (Emotional intelligence in the classroom, 2008, 17:44). Having self-awareness allows a person to understand their emotional strengths and weaknesses. This will allow the person to be hyper aware of their behavior and help them to pay more attention to the moment and their relationships. Lowering stress and self-awareness are just two strategies for managing emotions in the moment. Each person

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