Monday, April 23, 2007
Emotional Intelligence is about reading reality correctly, amidst the emotional reactions pressing on your cognitive intellect.
I love this quote:
"If a problem has no solution, it may not be a problem, but a fact - not to be solved, but to be coped with over time." - Shimon Peres, Polish-born Israeli Politician
I like it so much because, with even normal intellect, solving a problem is easy. Dealing with a fact you don't like, however, is not, and requires a great deal of emotional intelligence.
Here are sme FACTS I've helped clients learn to cope with over time:
--An adult daughter who is damaged, vindictive and hysterical.
--A boyfriend who is, and always will be, a "stringer".
--A boss who has very low emotional intelligence and is a "difficult person."
--A colleague who is left-brained (or right-brained) and incapable of whole-brain thinking.
--Someone who thinks the client him/herself is a problem to be fixed.
--A controlling husband.
--An abrasive sister who likes to triangulate with the mother against the client.
With a FACT there are three (3) ways to cope:
+Change the situation;
+Change your attitude; or
The first two (2) pertain to IQ. The last one pertains to EQ.
Learn to know the difference!