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Quick Guide: The DOs and DON’Ts of Emotional Intelligence

Quick Guide: The DOs and DON’Ts of Emotional Intelligence

Have you ever met someone who just seems to get along with everybody?  They know exactly what to say, and when to say it?  They have charisma off the charts, and command attention with effortless ease?  Even though they probably come across as superheroes, the real reason for such charm has nothing to do with supernatural abilities.  People with this kind of appeal possess a trait known as emotional intelligence.  They understand how to tap into emotions, so as to create good impressions and build meaningful relationships.


What is Emotional Intelligence?

Psychiatrist Neel Burton defines emotional intelligence as “the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, and the emotions of others. ” Emotional intelligence denotes having the intuition to respond to emotions constructively both on an individual, and social level.  When people have high emotional intelligence, their instincts drive them to constantly be in tune with how people feel.  Doing so makes it possible to mitigate conflicts by modifying one’s own emotional actions.  Here are a few DOs and DON’Ts on how to enhance your emotional intelligence:


1.    DON’T be Stubborn:

Emotional intelligence requires an ability to adapt.  It demands that individuals recognize the dynamic nature of social interaction and engage in it with pragmatism.


2.    DO be Dignified:

The mark of an emotionally intelligent person is graciousness.  They have enough confidence to avoid the pitfalls of insecurity, while possessing enough empathy to cater to other people’s needs.


3.    DON’T be Close-Minded:

The only way to relate to other people is to understand where they’re coming from in life.  If you’re too biased to even think about putting yourself in other people’s shoes, you won’t appreciate their merits sincerely.


4.    DO be Humble:

Egotism feeds selfishness in a way that strips people of compassion.  On the other hand, humility fosters respect which is necessary to develop mutual connection with others.  Embracing humility sets the foundation for common ground.


5.    DON’T be Judgmental:

Looking down on people for behavior you don’t understand isn’t a sign of your own superiority.  It’s a sign that you haven’t taken the time to examine the context of their behavior.  Seek to understand before you disregard.


6.    DO be Honest:

Honesty is the best policy when it comes to building relationships.  There’s nothing wrong with telling little white lies to be polite, but if the majority of what you speak is deceitful, it’s difficult to establish candid connections.



Emotional intelligence is a remarkable compass when navigating the ups and downs of relationships.  The more you learn to detect and respond to emotions, the more you can control what kind of an impression people have when they encounter you.  Don’t just allow yourself to interact with people out of reflex.  Put some thought into the emotional climate of your relationships, and discernment will protect you from misunderstandings.  If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative courses, workshops and events listed on our websites and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Academy can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success. Exclusive offers are also available on our new site

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