“We are dangerous when we are not conscious of our responsibility for how we behave, think, and feel.” 


 — Marshall B. Rosenberg

Emotional Intelligence

Also know as EQ or EI, emotional intelligence is where logic and emotion intersect. When we are emotionally intelligent, we do not react on emotion but instead harness their power; we know how to interpret their data and regulate our thoughts and mood to increase our performance, mental clarityrelationship quality, effectiveness at communicating, and reduce our anxiety and fatigue due to burnout and stress. 

Daniel Goleman's 5 elements of emotional intelligence:


:accurately defining your emotions, the origins of those emotions, and the effects those emotions have on yourself and the people around you; the ability to know your personal strengths and limits; the ability to accurately assess how others perceive your behavior.


:managing your emotions and behavioral state; taking responsibility for your actions; being open to change and innovation.


:directing emotions that guide you to reach your goals; dedication in achieving your goals despite obstacles or setbacks.

Social Skills

:the ability to lead, change, build trust, communicate effectively, collaborate, and cooperate with others; ability to sense the synergy of a group and adapt accordingly.


:understanding and sharing the emotions of others; ability to assess other people’s needs.

No matter how you arrange the elements of EI, it's essentially a combination of awareness and control--both self and social.