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Until recently, when people were talking about emotional intelligence in a company and even in a discussion with friends, a certain cunning touch seemed like a small aspect of no relevance, like looking sideways at an essential human trait: their power adaptable to that, what is happening.
It is now undeniable that the ability to be flexible in the face of events, to accept what cannot be changed, and to turn challenges into positive ones, is becoming a daily management tool on both a personal and professional level.
While UNESCO launched a global initiative in 2002 calling on education ministers of 140 countries to join Emotional education Very few do this in their degree programs at various levels. in the Latin America, sponsored by Lucas Malaisi, disseminates his project from Emotional Education Lawwhich only confirms and wants to implement this demand of the international organization.
So when we know the importance of knowing ourselves better, regulating our emotions, using empathy, and learning to motivate ourselves, why are we lagging behind on this? Basically because it is a cultural shift that corporate managers and governments do not appear to be doing their best to contribute to this vital aspect of people’s quality of life that directly affects mental health.
Legislators and governments could be aware of these types of initiatives and promote them at all levels of education and in their structures.
And the very companies that want to improve their productivity are gradually opening up to see the emotional dimensions as necessary to address them with their teams. The well-known publication Harvard Business Review Persistently highlights it as an essential ingredient for success in business and in life; While HR experts say they recruit people for their intellectual intelligence and fire them for lack of emotional intelligence.
Talk about emotions
A key aspect, ranging from the individual to the scale to the collective, is the discussion of emotions, which have been around for more than fifty thousand generations and which have enabled us to survive as a human species.
Every emotion is an impetus for action: whether positive or negative, it invites you to move away from this place – to celebrate, to recognize successes, to motivate yourself; Or correct the course, get up from a stumbling block and solve a challenge that arises.
The word emotion comes from the Latin movere (to move); It is moving towards a different internal state as a trigger for external behaviors and behaviors to better cope with what is being presented. In the brain, it is the limbic system that adds emotions to the functional repertoire it regulates. And it is the ability to self-regulate that enables the human species to evolve, as argued by the North American psychologist Daniel Goleman, who is considered one of the main drivers of emotional intelligence.
Everything that has been said is complemented by the more rational, thinking, and structured functions associated with the left brain, while for example emotions, communication, and empathy are associated with the right brain. Imagine between the two, millions of bridges are constantly transmitting information at high speed from one side to the other, making sense of how we interpret life and everything that happens to us. In other words, we all have one space in the brain that thinks and another that feels.
5 techniques of emotional intelligence in the VICA world
V.I.C.A. ((VUCA, in English) is the acronym for Fleeting, uncertain, complex and ambiguous;; a term for the state of the world in which everything can change from one moment to the next and nothing is certain. This is how the present moment is perceived.
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In an environment of utter chaos and confusion, emotional intelligence can provide clarity, understanding, and most importantly, more temperance in dealing with these vicissitudes.
Here are five techniques:
1. Avoid overreaction: The tendency of the primitive brain, known as reptiles, is to face or flee from situations, respecting the instincts of prehistoric times. It is possible to handle this tendency to act reactively, and in this way you can observe, analyze, feel, and later make decisions with greater assertiveness.
2. Accept the inevitable: In VICA environments there are situations that are completely outside of individual power and control. When you stand in front of them, you can watch them and consider internally whether there is a way to make a positive contribution to solving what happened: if alternatives emerge, draft the action plan. When faced with something inevitable that transcends us, think about what part of me is hurt or re-felt (to feel it again) about the fact: identifying this is important to identifying with greater understanding go through. It’s not about stepping back, it’s just about accepting that we cannot control it.
3. Work on your self-awareness: On each of the developmental paths you want to face, they will lead you to more extensive internal exploration so that you can better recognize emotions, observe where you physically feel them and how they affect you. Knowing yourself better also gives you coping tools that will help you cope better with situations, no matter how challenging they may be.
4. Use the two types of personal intelligence: Howard Gardner, a Harvard researcher and author of multiple intelligence theory, invites us to believe that we all have personal and interpersonal intelligence. The first helps us know our own emotions, manage them, motivate ourselves to recognize the emotions in others in order to be able to relate better. Interpersonal relationships connect us with the environment and others. Here, among other things, we can practice active listening by being fully present with the other person, understanding, solidarity and affective communication.
5. Practice empathy: It’s not about transforming yourself into what you have in front of you, but about understanding, understanding and even feeling from their perspective. As you turn around and get out of your own gaze, stand up and observe, you can take higher and complementary positions in the matter you are dealing with with others. This gives you valuable information as, by leaving your own world of interpretation, you expand the lenses through which you perceive what is happening. It’s about understanding and not necessarily justifying what the other is saying or doing. They just expand the spectrum to make a better connection.
Emotional intelligence can convey clarity, understanding and, above all, more temperance / Image: Depositphotos.com
These application tools, both personal and professional, will help you develop your emotional intelligence better in practical and concrete ways. It’s not about stopping being who you are, but about incorporating new tools and visions that will help us adapt better to unsafe and complex environments.