Tara Meyer Robson once said, “When awareness is brought to an emotion, power is brought to your life.”
This essentially refers to “emotional intelligence”, a concept that refers to one’s ability to identify, control and express emotions in an effective and positive way.
Emotionally intelligent people tend to get along better with others and be more empathetic and compassionate so they are likely to be more successful compared to their counterparts.
How to identify emotional intelligence?
Emotional intelligence can be identified by developing your emotional literacy, which refers to an ability to acknowledge your own feelings and empathise with others.
You also need better emotional management. By mastering this, you are able to control your emotions effectively and regulate your feelings without letting those emotions affect others.
Next, you need to develop your empathy. This can be defined as the ability to sense other people’s emotions, coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling.
But how do students practise the concept of emotional intelligence?
Working actively with the Care Organisation, Amren Pisey said emotional intelligence is not hard to practise, as long as one is aware of the difference in everyone’s life journey.
This begins by removing the idea of “self” and taking other people’s feelings into account.
“You can start by demonstrating emotional intelligence towards your direct connections such as friends or family. It is easy because naturally, we would want to understand and keep motivating our loved ones,” she said.
Meanwhile, a psychology student at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Num Nary, said: “Emotions are messy and can prompt various reactions, both pleasant and unpleasant. So you need to have very clear self-discipline to govern your thought and emotions”.
“This also requires you to be self-aware because when we’re self-aware, we know our strengths and weaknesses, as well as how we react to things,” Nary said.
Why it is important for students to learn more about emotional Intelligence?
Daniel Goleman, the author of “Working with Emotional Intelligence” and Kerry Goyette, the author of “The Non-Obvious Guide to Emotional Intelligence” had previously spoke about this in length. According to the duo, some perks include:
- Emotional regulation
Students who can cope with their feelings tend to be good at coping with the competitive world too. Therefore, when facing a tough situation, students can almost naturally regulate their behaviour by adjusting their temperament accordingly.
- Better dialogue exchange
In the phase of being a student, teens are riddled with moments that can make them experience anxiety, fear, sadness, happiness and others. Mastery of emotional intelligence would ensure a good demonstration of communication skills, in spite of internal battles.
- Embracing empathy
Those who possess a high level of emotional intelligence tend to sympathise with others. When this happens, they are able to get to the root of the problem without latching too much on the emotional aspect and therefore, are able to find an objective solution promptly.
- Creating new connections
Students with high emotional intelligence can build a new connection in a better way than those without. They are able to adjust to new friends and new environments better. With such developed skills, they are guaranteed to attract all-round positivity because everyone loves sociable people.