en English
en Englishhi Hindi

Benefits of EQ In School

The concept of emotional intelligence or emotional quotient (EQ) has gained popularity and acceptance over the years. How well do you connect with yourself and with others? Your ability to appropriately identify, recognise and manage your emotions for your own well-being as well as the wellbeing of people around you is what is described as emotional intelligence. Your emotional sensitivity, maturity and competency is what ultimately decides your destiny. Can you recognise your emotions and use them to your advantage, can you make out how your behaviour is affecting the people around you? Do you know how to handle stress, frustration, anxiety and conflict? Can you make out the most out of the situations whether good or bad? We will answer some of the questions: What is emotional intelligence? What does it look like? What are it’s different components, and how are they related? How is it different from other concepts? In what ways and to what extent do improvements in emotional intelligence enhance a student’s performance?
The parents often wonder what determines success? Is it primarily your intelligence level or intelligence quotient (IQ), or is it your personality characteristics, or is it a combination of several things? According to the proponents of emotional intelligence (EQ), a person’s emotional make-up largely determines his or her professional success. They believe that EQ is the most important determinant of the extent of professional and personal success in life. It is interesting to note that so many people with high IQ fail whereas those with less intellectual endowment are extremely successful. Even in certain renowned business establishments, where people are trained to be smart, the most valued and productive managers are those who have a high emotional intelligence level, and not necessarily those with the highest IQ. Such examples abound in business, politics, academia and administration. It is increasingly recognised that IQ may account for only about 20 per cent of a person’s success in life. The remaining 80 per cent depends largely on a person’s emotional intelligence, i.e., EQ. The People are being judged by a new yardstick: how well they are able to handle themselves and others and not merely in terms of their academic qualifications and expertise. This yardstick is increasingly being applied to decisions regarding the hiring and firing of employees, who will be retained and who will be side-lined and who will be promoted. It is said that in the corporate world a person is recruited on the basis of his or her IQ, but is promoted on the grounds of his or her EQ. These new rules
Emotional Intelligence is an ability to understand, interpret one’s own emotions and as well as others’ and respond appropriately to them. Nowadays, with a busy schedule of attending classes, coaching classes, assignments, and exams most of the students not only fail to understand others’ emotions but forget to take care of their own mental health and emotions!
Our education has always emphasized on academic results, but is that all we need to get success in our life? Why are students performing very well in schools and called as best students not able to handle the college / peer pressure, is this something which can’t be handled, or these students have never been taught about this. Emotions do affect how and what we learn. Being more aware of our emotions and reaction to it will help us manage the stress. Once we learn to understand our emotions, we will be able to understand the emotions of others and communicate better.
Simply put, emotional intelligence is your ability to maneuver, manipulate or manage your own emotions as well as those of other people.

Why is emotional intelligence important for students?

Emotionally intelligent students are better equipped to deal with negative emotions that might disrupt learning.
For example, if you’ve got a high EI:
  • You can quickly overcome exam stress and get on with answering the questions
  • You can overcome boredom and maintain your concentration during dull topics (looking at you, trigonometry)
  • You can avoid obsessing over a disappointing grade and instead focus on improving next time
  • You can recognize if you’re experiencing anxiety about an assignment and seek help (rather than falling into the dreaded procrastination/panic spiral).
Research suggests going to university with a strong EI can lead to better mental, and even physical health. Developing your emotional intelligence while you’re in school means you’ll be better prepared for the challenges of university life.
For example, university students with a high EI are:
  • Likely to have lower levels of anxiety and depression
  • More likely to be socially active and involved
  • More likely to be in good shape and feel healthy.