Helping your child develop her EQ will make her more successful in life.
Rapid advances in technology mean that many careers are being taken over by machines. As human intelligence gets pushed aside by artificial intelligence (AI), developing one’s emotional intelligence (EQ) is becoming more important than ever.
EQ, in a nutshell, measures a person’s ability to monitor, express and communicate with emotion in a way that is beneficial to everyone involved. In the real world, while good grades and fancy degrees might open doors to good jobs, actual success in a job is determined even more strongly by a person’s personality: by qualities such as perseverance, self-control and the ability to get along with both employers and employees. The good news is that EQ can be learned and improved with practice. These are the five primary EQ qualities that we should all learn to master to get ahead:
- Self-awareness: being aware of your emotions and reactions.
- Self-regulation: being able to control your emotions and take responsibility for your actions.
- Motivation: being committed to self-improvement and resilient in the face of setbacks.
- Empathy: being able to recognise how others feel and how you affect them.
- Social skills: being able to communicate respectfully and effectively.
Cultivating your child’s EQ will help her stand-out from the pack and will increase her chances of success in personal and professional relationships. You can start by helping her to more effectively navigate everyday challenges with friends and teachers.
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