Respond to this two person with at least two paragraphs each. Start by addressing the person.


Emotional Intelligence is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express ones emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. Emotional Intelligence is a very important tool that I believe everyone needs in order to be successful. Lots of times we see celebrities on T.V. breaking down and falling apart right in front of our eyes because they cannot control their emotions. Knowing yourself and how you work, adapt, and teach can help you conquer emotional intelligence, because you already have that structural foundation needed.

Regarding the video provided above, Emotional Intelligence: How Good Leaders Become Great, Mitchel Adler speaks directly into his audience about Emotional Intelligence. People who acquire emotional intelligence are able to know what they’re feeling. Emotion Intelligence is sometimes to be received by others and sometimes yourself. This means that constructive criticism given to you by others, is mostly tough for folks. A lot of different things go into emotional intelligence such as thoughts, feelings, composure, language, body language, your heart rate and more. Mitchel goes on to speak about the human brain and how we as humans have the “Need to know Everything” mentality. When we don’t know everything we tend to make up stories to help us cope with the unknown. Understanding perception is huge because it effects how we make our choices.

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Adler (2014) defines “emotional intelligence” as “the ability to make healthy choices based on accurately identifying, understanding, and managing your own feelings and those of others.” While in seminary several years ago, I was surprised to discover the concept of “emotional intelligence” to be ubiquitous: it was listed as an essential component of everything from one’s own spiritual life to parish leadership. It is not surprising to me, then, that Northhouse (2020) asserts that “people who are more sensitive to their emotions and the impact of their emotions on others will be leaders who are more effective” (p. 29). Emotional intelligence is not a private reality impacting only one’s hidden emotions, but rather an integration of thought and affect that spills over into one’s interactions with others.

In order to assist his audience in growing in emotional intelligence, Adler (2014) asks us to consider three questions: what activates particular emotions within me, how do these emotions manifest themselves, and how do I behave in response? His questions reminded me of a common practice in philosophy called “bracketing.” In order to understand some aspect of human experience, a philosopher “brackets” a personal experience, steps back, and looks at it as if from outside. (For instance, someone who is reminded of their childhood home after seeing a picture of it might step back and ask how a simple image could activate a colorful set of memories.) It seems that Adler is asking his audience to “bracket” their emotions temporarily: rather than merely trudging through a bad day, for instance, one might pause, consider what initiated the “bad day,” and recognize how those emotions have been directing one’s behavior.

It seems that emotional intelligence would have a direct impact on one’s success. If an individual is able to recognize their emotions and regulate their behaviors rationally, rather than merely being led by one emotion and then another, that individual will have a high level of freedom. With this freedom, the individual will be able to order their activities according to what needs to be done, rather than allowing their activities to be ordered unknowingly by their emotions.

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