Emotional Intelligence 2.0

Unlike IQ, you can substantially increase your EQ with effort. Because of our brains’ wiring, it’s a biological fact that our first reaction to any event will be an emotional one, but only 36% of people are able to accurately identify their own emotions as they happen.

So what exactly is EQ? According to the authors, “Emotional intelligence is your ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, and your ability to use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships.” 


Social awareness is the ability to recognize emotions in other people and understand what is really happening in a situation. In contrast to the natural tendency to think about what you’re going to say next or try to anticipate what the other person will say, someone who is high in social awareness has a perspective much like an anthropologist’s – objectively observing and understanding human behavior.

Observe the ripple effect from your emotions. Recognize that when you act out of your emotions, the effects can be long-term, and on more than the person at whom you directed the emotion. Breathe right. Oxygen goes first to your body’s vital functions, then to complex functions that help you stay calm. Learning correct breathing technique and consciously focusing on it when you’re stressed is simple and often-repeated advice, but it is crucial. In conclusion regardless of how good we are at our areas of expertise, it is impediment that we learn how to deal with people, EI2.0 has helped me understand that people are independent in their thought and how we have to deal with them. Really useful books don't get as much recognition as artistic works of Shakespeare, but in my box of Swiss army knives of literature, this is in the top 10 of my list.