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Emotional Intelligence

The world is becoming smarter every day, or at least trying to, with smartphones, smart homes and – now a common buzz term – emotional intelligence.

When I read the article by Harvey Deutschendorf, entitled “7 Habits of Highly Emotional Intelligent People,” I was happy to recognize my own behaviors in his delineation. What surprised me was the criticism expressed in the comments below the article, ranging in everything from disagreement on how the term is defined to grammatical corrections. So I am either destined for success or my good habits are irrelevant, depending on your point of view.

Scanning this list, what do you think? Is this your understanding of emotional intelligence (EI) and do you agree with the author that “emotional intelligence is an important factor in our success and happiness, not only at work, but in our relationships and all areas of our lives”?

  1. Focus on the positive
  2. Surround yourself with positive people
  3. Set boundaries and be assertive when necessary
  4. Be forward-thinking and willing to let go of the past
  5. Look for ways to make life more fun, happy and interesting
  6. Choose how to expend your energy wisely
  7. Continually learn and grow towards independence

By the way, the commentator who noted a grammatical correction was incorrect, but I couldn’t reply because I am not registered on the Fast Company site. In case he/she reads this: For the phraseAlthough their friendly, open nature,”  the pronoun their is correct. They’re is a contraction for they are, so replacing their with they’re makes no sense. Just sharing:-)