Emotional Intelligence Overview and Benefits

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Last Updated on October 6, 2020 by

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You’ve most likely heard of emotional intelligence. But do you really know what it is? Read this emotional intelligence overview to learn the basics. Even if you think you’re pretty sure, a refresher doesn’t hurt.

In this article:

What is Emotional Intelligence
5 Elements of Emotional Intelligence
Who Emotional Intelligence is for
Benefits of Emotional Intelligence

What is Emotional Intelligence?

Put simple, emotional intelligence (EQ) is:

emotional awareness
emotional control
emotional expression

5 Elements of Emotional Intelligence


awareness of ones own emotions


controlling emotions and responses

internal motivation

inner drive towards goals and learning


identifying/understand emotions in others

social skills

building/managing relationships with others

Who Emotional Intelligence is for

Literally, everyone.

EQ is the main determinate of success. Put another way, you need EQ in order to succeed in any area of life.

Emotional intelligence is for you if you:

  • are a human being
  • are conscious
  • have emotions
Emotional intelligence is for you if you feel:
  • like you want to be your best self
  • that you want to live your best life
  • stuck or that your just going around in circles
  • like you want to find meaning
  • that you want to feel better
Emotional intelligence is for you if you want to:
  • succeed in a goal
  • make money, get a promotion or excel your career
  • be a better leader
  • have more confidence and feel more connected to others
  • better relationships
  • better health
  • better overall well-being

Benefits of Emotional Intelligence?

The benefits of emotional intelligence will vary in accordance with each person and their individual goals. And since emotional intelligence encompasses every aspect of our lives it is impossible to know all of the many benefits that come with it. While we will never know all of the benefit, those who work on increasing their EQ will experience:


  • Fulfillment
  • Happiness
  • Money
  • Communication
  • Self-compassion
  • Self-esteem
  • Connection
  • Clarity
  • Confidence
  • Relationships
  • Self-motivation


  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sadness
  • Stress
  • Shame
  • Confusion
  • Suffering
  • Thought looping
  • Destructive habits
  • Codependency
  • Blockers

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