The Social Skills You Weren’t Taught in School
Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to monitor one’s own and other people’s emotions, to discriminate between different emotions and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior. As the term implies, can emotional ‘intelligence’ be a learnt or cultivated ability? Cognitive psychologists informed us that some aspects of EI can be developed, and the skills acquired may even be held long-term. However, which EI skills can be learnt and which cannot be acquired is still subject to debate. But we all know that EI is an important range of skills that assist us to navigate the complex corridors of social interaction in the public square, and in more personal settings too. Without it, we are doomed to being mental and emotional wrecks and/or social outcasts. This short article gives us some EI skill set pointers that we need to pay some attention to in order to move around comfortably in our human habitat.
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