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8 Emotional Intelligence Quotes To Inspire You

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is a concept first developed by psychologists Peter Salovey and John Mayer and popularized by Daniel Goleman. Many research studies globally have demonstrated its recognition as an important skill for personal and professional success. Here, you'll find eight emotional intelligence quotes to inspire you to develop and improve your EQ.


What is Emotional Intelligence?


Emotional intelligence, often referred to as emotional quotient (EQ), describes an individual's ability to identify, name, understand, and regulate their own emotions and behaviors. It involves a set of key intrapersonal and interpersonal skills individuals can develop and improve to navigate their internal experiences and social interactions skillfully.


"Emotional intelligence is the cornerstone of personal development, allowing individuals to understand their own emotions and navigate life's challenges with resilience." - Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ.

The key components of emotional intelligence include self-awareness, self-regulation, social awareness, and relationship management. These components can together be viewed as intrapersonal skills (skills to navigate an individual's internal experiences) and interpersonal skills (skills that help the individual navigate their social and relationship experiences).


"Emotional intelligence is the key to self-awareness and self-regulation, crucial components of personal growth and fulfillment." - Peter Salovey and John D. Mayer, Emotional Intelligence.

Why is emotional intelligence necessary for personal growth?

Self-understanding is an essential skill for personal development and growth. Knowing the impact of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and having accurate perceptions of yourself can significantly contribute to your self-esteem, self-confidence, sense of self-efficacy, and so much more.

"In the journey of personal growth, developing emotional intelligence is as important as acquiring knowledge and skills." - Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves, Emotional Intelligence 2.0.

Being able to skillfully manage and control your emotions, impulses, and reactions increases your ability to be adaptable and resilient in your daily personal and professional life.


"Emotional intelligence allows individuals to harness the power of emotions, turning them into sources of strength and motivation." - Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves, Emotional Intelligence 2.0.

The skills an individual learns through developing their emotional intelligence can also help that individual develop a positive or optimistic mindset.


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How Does Emotional Intelligence Help You In Relationships?


Two of the four components of emotional intelligence involve developing social awareness and relationship management skills. Social awareness helps individuals navigate social situations with skill and adaptability. Relationship management skills can help individuals effectively build rapport and create positive interactions. Fulfilling relationships are based on mutual understanding, effective communication skills, and effectively navigating human emotions to create lasting connections with others.

"Healthy relationships thrive on emotional intelligence, as it enables individuals to empathize with others, resolve conflicts constructively, and build trust." - John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman, "The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work."

Individuals who are emotionally intelligent will be skillful in their ability to establish deep, meaningful connections based on trust, honesty, respect, and genuine care. The first two components of emotional intelligence, self-awareness and self-regulation can help emotionally intelligent individuals show up authentically in their relationships. Self-awareness and self-regulation can help an individual be true to themselves, understand their values and intentions, and enable them to clearly convey, show, and express who they are. This kind of authenticity can help cultivate trust and intimacy with others since it helps others view you as a reliable and trustworthy individual.


Cultivating emotional intelligence empowers individuals to form deeper connections, communicate effectively, and foster healthier relationships in both personal and professional spheres." - Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves, "Emotional Intelligence 2.0."

Emotional intelligence includes developing skills that help you relate better to others in both personal and professional settings. These relationship management skills can lead to developing and maintaining important and productive relationships.

"By honing emotional intelligence skills such as empathy and active listening, individuals can deepen their connections with others and foster a supportive network conducive to personal development." - Daniel Goleman, "Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships."

Emotionally intelligent individuals can help establish a relationship environment that is based on understanding and support. Effective communication skills, the ability to understand, manage and resolve healthy conflict, the ability to understand your own needs and the needs of others, all contribute to forming and sustaining healthy lasting bonds with others.

"People with high emotional intelligence tend to have stronger, more satisfying relationships." - Peter Salovey and John D. Mayer, "Emotional Intelligence."

Developing emotional intelligence benefits personal well-being and relationships. When individuals connect with their own emotional lives and make informed decisions that align with their values and goals, their life experiences gain a dimension of meaning and purpose. The skillfulness in self-awareness and self-regulation that come from developing your emotional intelligence, coupled with the enriching effects a high EQ can have on your relationships, can mean more fulfilling, lasting, and meaningful connections with loved ones.



Kidest OM is a personal development and consciousness evolution author and teacher with indispensable books and online courses designed to help you attract and manifest what you want. Her online courses include the Positive Emotional Intelligence course thoughtfully created to help you increase the frequency of positive emotions in your life.


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