No. 104 Practicing EQ – Layers of Feeling
Emotional Intelligence is the ability to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior. Research shows that people with high EI have greater mental health, job performance, and leadership skills.
According to Joshua Freedman, CEO of Six Seconds, the Emotional Intelligence Network, there are 6 practical ways to develop greater emotional intelligence;
Tip #2: Layers of Feeling
Emotions are data. Emotion chemicals are produced throughout the bodies, and primarily in the brain.
‘Our bodies affect our minds…At any given time, we will have multiple little “bursts” of feeling chemicals running around in our brains and bodies carrying their messages to regulate our systems and to help us cope.’
Often when expressing emotions, people focus only on the overriding feeling. When angry – focussing on the anger, when sad – focussing on the sadness, when happy – focussing on the happiness. Whilst one feeling may be dominant, there are always additional feelings associated with it. These feelings exist together and ultimately impact thought & decision making.
Take time to consider your feelings & how they are interacting with each other so that you can better understand why you are thinking what you are thinking & doing what you are doing.
According to 6Seconds, EQ = blending thinking & feeling to make optimum decisions. How well are you blending yours?
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