Someone commented on my advice page, “Why is EQ on your list?” I didn’t know what EQ was initially, but I suspected it was a reference to Emotional Intelligence, which if you reduce to just its initials, is EI. Now, I’ve heard the term Intelligence Quotient (IQ) mentioned more than a few times, but this is not the same thing at all. As it turns out, EQ stands for Emotional Quotient, which I guess you could say is your score on the emotional intelligence scale. But to answer the questioner’s query, Emotional Intelligence is on my list because I think it’s worth talking about, and obviously, not enough people know enough about it — yet.
I’ve read some books though. Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ is an excellent introduction to the topic. Goleman explains how our emotions and our intellect, operating both simultaneously, but independently of each other, can get us into trouble. Mastering the aptitudes that comprise emotional intelligence (e.g., self-awareness, impulse control, empathy, etc.) can help us to live successfully — who wouldn’t want that? Goleman describes how these aptitudes impact our lives, especially in terms of our relationships, our careers, and our health. Just as your IQ can be increased through specific activities, your EQ can be raised by focused study and practice.