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Emotional Intellignce

We all know about IQ. It helps us to take effective decisions in most of the situations. As you all know our logical thinking helps us in problem-solving. But only logical thinking is important for problem-solving?

The answer is “No”. Emotions are also needed. For example, think that you are in a situation where you need to help two people at the same time. One is a stranger and the other one is your best friend. Whom do you choose first? As we all do priority goes to your friend. That is because of your love for him or her. That is the power of emotions. So, problem-solving depends on both your logical thinking as well as emotional intelligence.

What is Emotional Intelligence?

It is the ability to identify and manage emotions. It consists of three skills. emotional awareness; the ability to harness emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem solving; and the ability to manage emotions, which includes regulating your own emotions and cheering up or calming down other people. The amygdala in the brain is responsible for emotions.

What is Amygdala?

It is an almond-shaped set of neurons located deep in the brain’s medial temporal lobe. It is responsible for the response and memory of emotions.

The EQ level of a person indicates his / her ability to understand other’s emotions, take effective decisions and keep a good social life. The EQ level can be controlled by reducing negative attitudes and gaining positive attitudes. You need to control your temper before taking any decisions. Even I cannot do that in some situations. But you need to reduce it for a better solution. Be with people who raise your positive mindset. It develops your self-motivation too.

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