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Emotional Intelligence

Updated: Oct 19, 2019

emotional intelligence

A recent Facebook conversation spawned deep thought into the concept emotional intelligence. What, exactly, IS emotional intelligence? It seems most people see it as the ability to control emotions. But, really, it's the ability to understand them.

Merriam-Webster defines the word intelligence as "1) the ability to learn or understand or to deal with new or trying situations. and 2) the ability to apply knowledge to manipulate one's environment or to think abstractly as measured by objective criteria." If you connect this to the area of emotions, it's all about understanding them, learning from them, and then applying what you&#x