Emotional Intelligence

Much of what helps humans become successful in life and in our careers has to do with our Emotional Intelligence (EQ).  Emotional intelligence unlike intelligence (IQ) is a teachable and learnable skill.  If this is an area or your life where you could use some improvement, coaching can be a can help you with that. Equine Guided Coaching can be particularly effective.

Since horses’ communication is completely non-verbal, we humans can learn a lot about our own EQ from them.

Learn more about research being done with horses and Emotional Intelligence.

The following excerpts, quotes, and summarized information, explaining a bit about Emotional Intelligence, comes from Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry.

“Emotional intelligence is your ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, and your ability to use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships.  Emotional intelligence is the ‘something’ in each of us that is a bit intangible. It affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions that achieve positive results.”

“Emotional intelligence taps into a fundamental element of human behavior that is distinct from your intellect.  There is no connection between IQ and EQ; you simply can’t predict EQ based on how smart someone is.”

“When emotional intelligence was first discovered it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with the highest levels of intelligence (IQ) outperformed those with average IQs just 20 percent of the time, while people with average IQs outperformed those with high IQs 70 percent of the time….years of research and countless studies pointed to emotional intelligence (EQ) as the critical factor.”

“EQ is so critical to success that it accounts for 58 percent of performance in all types of jobs….people with high EQs make more money–an average of $29,000 more per year than people with low EQs.”

Emotional intelligence, according to Travis Bradberry, is made up of four emotional skills which pair up into two primary competencies.  They are as follows:

Personal Competence focuses on us as individuals and our interactions with other people, our ability to stay aware of our emotions and manage our behavior.

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management

Social Competence focuses on our ability to understand other people’s moods and behaviors and motives, and guides us in our relationships with them.

  • Social Awareness
  • Relationship Management

The good news about Emotional Intelligence is that we can become more emotionally intelligent.  Truly our brains can grow new connections and we can become more emotionally smart.  This can happen with or without the help of horses, but horses are experts at this.