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15 Areas of Emotional Intelligence – Definitions

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Self-Perception Realm

Self-Regard is respecting oneself while understanding and accepting one’s strengths and weaknesses. Self-Regard is often associated with feelings of inner strength and self-confidence.

Self-Actualization is the willingness to persistently try to improve oneself and engage in the pursuit of personally relevant and meaningful objectives that lead to a rich and enjoyable life.

Emotional Self-Awareness includes recognizing and understanding one’s own emotions. This includes the ability to differentiate between subtleties in one’s own emotions while understanding the cause of these emotions and the impact they have on the thoughts and actions of oneself and others.


Self-Expression Realm

Emotional Expression is openly expressing one’s feelings verbally and non-verbally.

Assertiveness involves communicating feelings, beliefs and thoughts openly, and defending personal rights and values in a socially acceptable, non-offensive, and non-destructive manner.

Independence is the ability to be self-directed and free from emotional dependency on others. Decision-making, planning, and daily tasks are completed autonomously.


Interpersonal Realm

Interpersonal Relationships refers to the skill of developing and maintaining mutually satisfying relationships that are characterized by trust and compassion.

Empathy is recognizing, understanding, and appreciating how other people feel. Empathy involves being able to articulate your understanding of another’s perspective and behaving in a way that respects others’ feelings.

Social Responsibility is willingly contributing to society, to one’s social groups, and generally to the welfare of others. Social Responsibility involves acting responsibly, having social consciousness, and showing concern for the greater community.


Decision Making Realm

Problem Solving is the ability to find solutions to problems in situations where emotions are involved. Problem solving includes the ability to understand how emotions impact decision making.

Reality Testing is the capacity to remain objective by seeing things as they really are. This capacity involves recognizing when emotions or personal bias can cause one to be less objective.

Impulse Control is the ability to resist or delay an impulse, drive or temptation to act and involves avoiding rash behaviors and decision making


Stress Management Realm

Flexibility is adapting emotions, thoughts and behaviors to unfamiliar, unpredictable, and dynamic circumstances or ideas.

Stress Tolerance involves coping with stressful or difficult situations and believing that one can manage or influence situations in a positive manner.

Optimism is an indicator of one’s positive attitude and outlook on life. It involves remaining hopeful and resilient, despite occasional setbacks.



Building New Habits – Enhancing Your Emotional Intelligence

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When learning something new it can feel overwhelming and difficult. This TedTalk, “TRY SOMETHING NEW FOR 30 DAYS” by Matt Cutts is excellent. Check it out and be inspired to try something new, dare to have a different experience…become closer to the “you” that you were meant to be!

Success Coaching @ Mohawk College Blog Entry #42

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Theme: Balance, Success and Congratulations!


eLearn Module: Emotional Intelligence – all 15 areas


Congratulations! You have done it! Thanks for taking time to provide wonderful feedback about the Tweets, Blogs and eLearn Modules this year!


To help keep you on your best path…


For your preparation for your next academic year or continued personal/professional growth in your next endeavor, I have compiled all of the Blogs and linked them to the Emotional Intelligence Theme. 


Emotional intelligence (EQ) is a skill or a self-perceived ability to identify, assess and control your emotions, and of others; and to positively affect the dynamic of groups. These are the soft skills that can help you to be successful in your academic, career and personal goals.


Here are some resources to help you continue to build your EQ skills…or get you started!


EQ Blog Compilation

Goal Setting Tips

Personal Development Plan


Remember to sign up for the eLearn modules by clicking on the SELF REGISTRATION link on your eLearn home page. Take the EQ Questionnaire from the eLearn Module under the theme you wish to build and check out the rest of the module because I have more hints, tips and tricks that can help you stretch and grow in the area of Emotional Intelligence. Come on! Join me in this “become the best version of “you” journey!


Heather Drummond, M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology)

Success Coach @ Mohawk College