Emotional Intelligence Blog Series Part 1: Emotions

How are you?

If you answered, “fine”, then you are amongst a vast majority of the population that have constructed a socially acceptable response to a polite social nuance or greeting.

But let’s go deeper. How ARE you feeling right now? Can you find a word to describe the emotion that you are experiencing? Are you content? Are you frustrated? Are you anxious? Are you excited?

Maybe you are tempted to ignore how you’re feeling so that you can get on with other parts of your day. But the new science on what emotions are – and what they do for you – reveals that they are vastly underappreciated and undervalued.

Emotions, or instinctual states of feeling that stem from our surroundings or our mood has long evaded our understanding. Most experts believe that humans have six basic emotions: happiness, sadness, anger, surprise, fear, and disgust.

For the enormous impact they make, emotions are fleeting. Emotions – so named from the Latin word for “to move” – quite literally set off your thoughts and actions. Our emotions direct us towards or away from people and decisions – which most certainly creep into every part of your life – whether you are aware of them or not. And the science tells us now that the more aware you are of your emotions – the greater the opportunity to intervene with your subconscious and to realign your behaviour in more positive and constructive ways.

 

So please stay tuned for our next few weekly posts that will guide you through the maze that are our emotions so that you may enhance your ability to understand and better manage yourself and your relationships with others.