Most of us have heard about IQ–Intelligence Quotient–a number, determined by a standardized test, that represents a person’s reasoning ability. But most of us are much less familiar with the term EQ.
EQ stands for “emotional quotient,” and it is a more arbitrary measurement not of what is known as emotional intelligence. And it is the #1 key to your child’s success in life.
Let me explain.
Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to understand and control one’s own emotions as well as understand, interpret, and appropriately respond to the emotions of others.
Some professionals–including myself!–would argue that emotional intelligence is actually more important that IQ.
When we understand our own emotions–the real core of our emotions–we are better able to regulate them.
If we feel angry, but we don’t understand why we’re angry, our fury becomes much more difficult to control. But if we can use our emotional intelligence to pinpoint and understand the source of that anger, it suddenly becomes much easier to gain control of ourselves.
Ultimately, those with high levels of emotional intelligence have high levels of empathy.