So, three guys walk into a bar. Their names are Peter Salovey, John Mayer (not the singer) and Daniel Goleman. What do all of these guys have in common?
They are the experts on emotional intelligence.
Sorry, that wasn’t really a joke, but if you want to learn about emotional intelligence, then these are your guys.
If you did walk into a bar, after getting dumped, these are the guys you want to sit by when you drown your sorrows. Not that you would ever do that. (Wink, Wink).
While Peter Salovey and John Mayer developed the psychological theory behind emotional intelligence, Daniel Goleman wrote a bunch of books about it. I added links to Amazon for his books at the bottom of this article for my book worms. 🙂
The problem is, a lot of these books will send you into a deep coma before you are actually able to absorb any of the information.
(No offense Daniel Goleman. You are super smart and awesome.)
We have talked a lot in my previous posts about self-awareness, stopping the negative self-talk and about finding happiness.
Emotional Intelligence is the next logical step.
I don’t care how smart you are, or if you graduated from an Ivy League school. If you aren’t emotionally intelligent, you will struggle as an adult in your personal relationships, and your career.
Of course, my focus is on personal relationships.
Sorry, but if you don’t know how to relate positively to other human beings, you may as well go live on planet Mars. Or you can go live in Arizona, where they too have giant dust storms.
If you truly are looking to better yourself and grow as a person, then the concept of emotional intelligence is so invaluable.
Like I said, when you read about it from an educational stand point it tends to be quite the snooze fest for some people, so I will try and use real life examples that I think make it fun!
So, smack your cheeks a bit, wake up, and get alert. Here goes…