What is Emotional Intelligence?

What is Emotional Intelligence?

· Emotional intelligence is practically an individual attaining the full ability to be able to control and manage his emotions under any given circumstance. The person should also be in a position to control and handle the emotions of those surrounding him as well. In this scenario, they have the power to influence people’s emotions thus have control over them. There are five main elements of emotional intelligence. The first one is self-awareness and an individual is expected to have a deep understanding of himself and own their character and personality regardless. The second one is self-regulation which means that a person should be able to be self-controlled and can prioritize the things that affect his life. Motivation is an element of emotional intelligence and an individual is expected to maintain and be in his best behaviors that are appealing and considered right (Serrat, 2017). The individual should exercise empathy but not to a point where he allows himself to be misused. They should show kindness and random acts of mercy. Social skills are the last components of emotional intelligence and it teaches on the need to know how to interact and cope with people from all walks of life.

Importance to Grow EQ as a Professional Nurse

· Emotional intelligence is a key factor that should be exercised by a professional nurse. It enables the nurse to effectively communicate with a patient therefore knowing the needs of a patient in detail. It helps a nurse create good relationships with the patient so that they can feel free to talk and express what they want. An emotionally intelligent nurse will exercise empathy and be kind to his patients (Petrides, Mikolajczak, Mavroveli, Sanchez-Ruiz, Furnham & Pérez-González, 2016). He will make sure that he is compassionate when treating and gives time to allow a peaceful recovery.

Cognitive Empathy and how it is exercised

· Cognitive empathy is when an individual is able to comprehend and understand someone’s mental space and can read through their emotions. I have helped a teenager through a depressing moment phase when he was being bullied at school.

Affective Empathy and how it is exercised

· Affective empathy is the highest form of the ability to share and listen to someone’s feelings without having to be judgmental or taking sides regardless (Mayer, Caruso & Salovey, 2016). It offers zero criticism. I have offered guidance and counseling sessions to a mother who lost a child.

Self-awareness Definition

· Self-awareness is the full ability and responsibility of a person to consciously be aware of himself and he is in a position to understand the behaviors he portrays and why he projects them.

Elements of Self-awareness

· Self-concept

· Thoughts

· Feelings

What I Am Passionate About

· I am passionate about radiating kindness and warmness to people. I have a calling for the need to help others and touch lives. I have the desire to see people comfortable and happy regardless of the situations that life has put them in.

Importance of Passion as a Driving Force as a Nurse

· My passion can be directed to nursing to help patients pull through and make their recovery period easier and less painful. I can talk to a patient and give them moral support which is good for their mental health. I can offer psychological counseling services to patients that have mental illnesses such as depression and bipolar. I have actively mastered the art of good communication.

Role of Passion in Sustaining Career

· Passion gives self-drive.

· Passion gives us the energy and zeal to work and produce better (Mérida-López & Extremera, 2017).

· Passion keeps us focused on the goals that we want to attain making it easier to reach them.


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Mérida-López, S., & Extremera, N. (2017). Emotional intelligence and teacher burnout: A systematic review. International Journal of Educational Research, 85, 121-130.

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Serrat, O. (2017). Understanding and developing emotional intelligence. In Knowledge solutions (pp. 329-339). Springer, Singapore.