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> Are You Emotionally Intelligent?, A new invention???
Betsy2009
post 3rd Jun 2015, 10:52am
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Dare you use the check list?

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post 3rd Jun 2015, 11:51am
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I went through the checklist, and found quite a few where I recognised my own behaviour or attitudes on the positive side of the scale, and quite a few that would be classed as negative.

I've never had much conviction in the notion of IQ as a measure of intelligence, as it's pretty one-dimensional, and I suspect a high IQ score only measures the ability to score well in IQ tests.

IQ tests are ten a penny, and from a fun perspective, it's a pity there's no ten -a-penny tests for this EQ thing.

Some of the traits in the EQ list are things that came to me relatively lately, like being 'Difficult to Offend'. I used to take criticism quite personally and deeply, until I realised that if I stopped bothering about taking offence, I was a happier person.

Learning not to seek perfection has been another useful life tool. One day, as an adult, I realised I'd been unconsciously affected by a remark attributed to Michaelangelo, which I read when I was about nine or ten. He had said, of his attention to detail, "Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle". This led me to constantly repeat and rehearse things, to get them better and closer to perfection. For a long time, this left me with the feeling, which I couldn't articulate at the time, that I was someone who started things, but got discouraged at finishing them. Then one day I heard someone say, "'Finished' is better than 'perfect'". It was like a ray of light, and put everything into a better context for me.

The item about not letting anyone limit your joy is also a propos. The only people whose bad opinion of me I care about are those whose good opinion I'd value. Otherwise, I'm unaffected, and this ties in with not being offended by criticism or taking offence.

Incidentally, it's interesting to note that a number of these principles have striking parallels in Christianity.


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