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You are four years old and are seated by yourself at the kitchen table Your mom places one piece of your favorite candy in front of you She explains that you can eat it right now but if you wait while she leaves the room to do a quick chore you can have two pieces of candy when she returns She leaves the room What do you do Do you grab the gooey goody the minute shes out the door Or do you patiently sit there resisting temptation hoping to double your treat upon her return Do you know that your our reaction to this situation may very well determine the degree of your success in life A similar study with children was actually conducted by a psychologist using marshmallows The study showed that children who had the ability to restrain themselves and reap the reward of a second treat generally grew up to be better adjusted more popular adventurous confident and dependable teenagers The children who gave in to temptation early on were more likely to be lonely easily frustrated stubborn and less likely to properly handle stress While most people tend to think a high IQ or intelligence quotient determines the course of ones life new brain research suggests that ones emotional quotient or EQ may be the true measure of human intelligence Unlike IQ which is gauged by the famous Stanford-Binet tests EQ is not measurable in the same way A persons IQ reveals the cold factual side of the brain whereas the EQ refers to ones people skills Emotional intelligence is a complex quality consisting of such things as self-awareness empathy persistence and social skills Some aspects of emotional intelligence however can be determined Optimism for example is a good indicator of a persons self-worth According to Martin Seligman a University of Pennsylvania psychologist how people respond to setbacks--optimistically or pessimistically--is a fairly accurate indicator of how well they will succeed
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