The Benefits of Emotional Intelligence

Written by Susan Dunn, MA, Emotional Intelligence Coach

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In this way you can identify which situation and people bring you pleasure, and which bring you pain, and make wise decisions.

Inrepparttar case of my friend inrepparttar 126125 car, she might have had that experience also if her boyfriend were currently facing a bypass or cataract surgery. You need to be able to sort out what’s causing what. Is it pain about someone you love, or is someone you love causing you pain?

This is important because being able to experience and process a negative emotion gives you more confidence in your ability to manage them. The better you understand what’s going on,repparttar 126126 more you realize you have a choice. If you study how to process a certain negative emotion, such as anger, you’ll come to know your trigger-points, and your patterns of response that aren’t productive. These you can always change. You can also choose which things are worthrepparttar 126127 energy it takes, andrepparttar 126128 physical stress toll it takes, to get angry.

Understanding your ability to change things gives you personal power. You always have a choice. You haverepparttar 126129 option to avoid things that make you angry, to avoid criticizing yourself when you do feel angry, to learn how to calm yourself more quickly, to change how you respond when you get angry – both internally and externally – and to eliminate people who constantly make you angry.

The more you learn about emotions in general, and yours in particular,repparttar 126130 more options you have. You will become less puzzled inrepparttar 126131 grip of an emotion, less rigid in your responses, and better able to think and respond (or not) rather than feel and react mindlessly. This makes you a full and complex human being, not an input-opereation-output machine.

We generally acquire more emotional intelligence throughout our lifetime, but it’s not a given if you aren’t processing and becoming aware. If you find yourself swamped byrepparttar 126132 same things over and over, take a look at what’s going on, do some reading, and work with a coach. If a certain situation always triggers a reaction from you that gets you in trouble, understand this is something you can change. You can learn to bring about a different outcome. After all, not everyone who gets angry hits someone, gets hot underrepparttar 126133 collar, shouts, becomes passively defiant, or sings a happy tune. Of allrepparttar 126134 responses out there that are possible, you can learn to chooserepparttar 126135 best one for you atrepparttar 126136 time.

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How Distressing is Social Phobia?

Written by Michael G. Rayel, MD

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So Social Phobia can be devastating to a lot of patients and their families. Because of their difficulties in a social milieu, some of them have eventually lost their jobs, friends, and spouses. It is an illness that has wrought havoc to many. It is therefore vital that Social Phobia should be recognized and treated without delay.

Is there any treatment for this illness?

Fortunately, some newer antidepressants such as paroxetine and venlafaxine are known to work and have caused significant relief to a lot of individuals. However, these medications don’t work right away. They need to be taken daily for a few weeks to see any benefit. Moreover,repparttar medications’ maximum effect may occur within 6-8 weeks or longer. To maintain stability after feeling “normal,” patients may have to takerepparttar 126124 medication for several months to a few years.

In addition to medications, cognitive-behavioral intervention also works well. By restructuringrepparttar 126125 person’s cognition, patients eventually learn to face social situations without fear and uncertainty.

Dr. Michael G. Rayel – author (First Aid to Mental Illness–Finalist, Reader’s Preference Choice Award 2002) psychiatrist, and inventor of Oikos Game: A Personal Development and Emotional Skills Game. For more information, please visit

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