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Emotional Intelligence (EQ):

Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

Acclaimed clinical psychologist Dr. Daniel Goleman introduced his ground-breaking discoveries about the emotional mind. Based on his best selling book, EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE. He focuses on emotion as another measure of intelligence, redefining what it means to be “smart”. EQ is Goleman’s shorthand for emotional intelligence.


People who are emotionally intelligent tend to have more success in their lives as parents and partners, and in their chosen field of employment, because they understand and master the five basic emotional competencies: self-awareness, managing emotions, motivation, empathy and social skills.


EQ contains an optimistic, pragmatic message, unlike IQ, which is basically unchanged from childhood onward. EQ can be learned. Regardless of age, individual can learn how to strengthen and deepen their relationship with themselves and others. Developing EQ skills can help people to improve their health, family life and professional prospects.


The latest research in neuroscience shows that the brain’s limbic system, which controls our basic emotions and impulses, is more powerful than the brain’s neocortex, which governs our intellect. That’s the reason why emotional memories often override logic: The limbic system processes stimuli and prompts us to react long before the neocortex has even begun to filter those stimuli. Recent findings from neuroscience showed that the brain’s limbic system, which governs feelings and impulses, is stronger and more stubborn than the neocortex, which controls logic. It can hijack almost all rational thought.”


By Hussain Ismail Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance

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