Teaching Emotional Intelligence and helping my clients become self-regulating and autonomous is an integral part of my practice as a Counsellor.
Emotional Intelligence involves Self-awareness – the ability to read one's emotions and recognize their impact while using gut feelings to guide decisions; Self-management – controlling one's emotions and impulses and adapting to changing circumstances; Social awareness – the ability to sense, understand, and react to other people's emotions while comprehending social networks; and Relationship management – the ability to inspire, influence, and develop others while managing conflict.
Most of it is not something you're born with, it's something you have to be taught. I like to see it as re-learning a better way to be in the world than the one you have grown up with.
So if you take offence easily, feel stuck, are anxious, often hurt by other's unkind words, feel misunderstood, frequently get involved in the middle of dramas, or feel you just don't fit in anywhere, these are just some of the signs you may need some work on your Emotional Intelligence.
This short film gives an insight into the 7 signs of Emotional Intelligence to get you thinking about whether you have areas that need a little tweak. And if you do, get in touch!