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EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE (EQ) - KEY TO MENTAL HEALTH

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE (EQ) - KEY TO MENTAL HEALTH
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE (EQ) - KEY TO MENTAL HEALTH
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE (EQ) - KEY TO MENTAL HEALTH
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE (EQ) - KEY TO MENTAL HEALTH
EQ serves as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70% of the time. There is no known connection between IQ and emotional intelligence; you simply can’t predict emotional intelligence based on how smart someone is. Intelligence is your ability to learn, and it’s the same at age 15 as it is at age 50 where as Emotional intelligence, on the other hand, is a flexible set of skills that can be acquired and improved with practice. 

The pathway for emotional intelligence starts in the brain, at the spinal cord. Your primary senses enter here and must travel to the front of your brain before you can think rationally about your experience. However, first they travel through the limbic system, the place where emotions are generated. So, we have an emotional reaction to events before our rational mind is able to engage. Emotional intelligence requires effective communication between the rational and emotional centers of the brain. “Plasticity” is the term neurologists use to describe the brain’s ability to change. Your brain grows new connections as you learn new skills. The change is gradual, as your brain cells develop new connections to speed the efficiency of new skills acquired.

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