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Emotional Intelligence refers to our ability to manage our emotional mind with intelligence in every facet of life Every day emotions shape the path of our lives and influence our decision-making Our emotional actions and reactions affect every aspect of whom we are and how we live Our specific manner of comprehending situations dictates our subsequent reactions Having control over our emotions enables us to pursue and achieve our goals There is growing evidence that fundamental ethical stances in life stem from underlying emotional capacities For one impulse is the medium of emotion the seed of all impulse is a feeling bursting to express itself in action Those who are at the mercy of impulse -- who lack self-control -- suffer a moral deficiency The ability to control impulse is the base of will and character By the same token the root of social conscience lies in empathy the ability to read emotions in others lacking a sense of anothers need or despair there is no caring And if there are any two moral standpoints that our times call for they are precisely these self-restraint and compassion The last decade has seen a steady rise of reports portraying an increase in emotional ineptitude desperation and recklessness in our families our communities and in our collective lives A spreading emotional distress can be read in numbers showing a jump in depression around the world and in the reminders of a surging tide of aggression -- teens with guns in schools freeway mishaps ending in shootings disgruntled ex-employees massacring former fellow workers No one is insulated from this erratic tide of outburst and regret It reaches into all our lives one way or another Academic intelligence has little to do with emotional life People with high IQs can be stunningly poor pilots of their private lives In fact one of psychologys open secrets is the inability of grades IQ or SAT scores despite their popular mystique
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