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  • Writer's pictureJustin Tilghman, Ph.D.

The Power of Emotional Intelligence: Understanding and Managing Your Emotions

Updated: Apr 8, 2023

Emotional intelligence, also known as emotional quotient (EQ), is the ability to understand and manage your own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. It's a crucial aspect of personal and professional success, essential for building strong relationships, achieving personal and professional goals, and finding inner peace and happiness.



Here are some of the key benefits of emotional intelligence and why it's important to cultivate this skill:


Improved relationships: When you have high emotional intelligence, you have a deeper understanding of your own emotions and the emotions of others, which allows you to communicate more effectively and build stronger, healthier relationships.


Increased self-awareness: Emotional intelligence is closely tied to self-awareness and involves understanding your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors and how they influence your experiences and interactions with others.


Better decision-making: Emotional intelligence allows you to understand and manage your emotions, which is essential for making informed and effective decisions. By being emotionally intelligent, you can make choices that align with your authentic self and support your well-being and happiness.


Enhanced stress management: Emotional intelligence allows you to better manage your stress levels and cope with life's challenges. When you have high emotional intelligence, you have the skills and strategies to regulate your emotions and maintain a sense of calm and balance, even in the face of stress and adversity.


Improved leadership: Emotional intelligence is a critical aspect of effective leadership, as it allows leaders to understand their team's emotional needs and motivations and build strong, positive relationships with employees. With high emotional intelligence, leaders can create a positive and supportive work environment and foster collaboration and teamwork.


Emotional intelligence is a critical aspect of personal and professional success and is essential for building strong relationships, achieving personal and professional goals, and finding inner peace and happiness. By cultivating emotional intelligence, you can gain greater insight into your own emotions and the emotions of others and make positive changes that support your well-being and happiness.


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Justin is a Board Certified Advanced Life Coach with the Board of Christian Life Coaching, a division of the International Board of Christian Care and the American Association of Christian Counselors. He has demonstrated knowledge and application of biblical integration in coaching, the ICCA and ICF Core Competencies, the Code of Ethics, and the ICF definition of coaching.

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Justin is a Board Certified Master Mental Health Coach with the Board of Mental Health Coaching, a division of the International Board of Christian Care and the American Association of Christian Counselors. He has demonstrated knowledge and application of biblical integration in providing ethical and competent mental health coaching.

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