THE IMPORTANCE OF EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE IN STUDENT’S LIFE 0
TheImportance of Emotional Intelligence in Student’s Life
TheImportance of Emotional Intelligence in Student’s Life
Manystudents aspire to succeed in their studies and achieve their careerand life goals in the long run, and it is the dream for moststudents. Students success in various institutions of higher learningsuch as colleges, universities and even high schools is not onlydetermined by their intelligent quotient (IQ) but also theiremotional intelligence (EQ). Schools and other institutions oflearning or even workplaces have people that come from differentbackgrounds who experience diverse environments and challenges. And,therefore, it is paramount for a student to be acquainted withemotional intelligence to successfully interact with others as wellas enhance chances of success. It is not only in the schoolenvironment but also life as a whole. However, this paper presents ananalysis of how emotional intelligence helps students achievesuccessful academic lives and careers after school.
Researchhas shown that students with high emotional intelligence in schoolsscore higher grades than their counterparts with less EQ. Moreover,they make healthier choices in many of the decisions they makebesides staying in schools (Firestsone, 2016). The piece, further,asserts that EQ builds and provides the framework that principles ofemotional intelligence are developed and improved resulting in asuccessful student and career life. For example, it notes that ithelps create self-awareness. It enables students to know their selfemotions and understand themselves deeper hence, enables them tomake informed decisions. It also nurtures self-regulation. Peopleencounter dynamic environment and incidences in life on a daily basisthat impacts their emotions daily making them either happy or sad bythe developments around their surroundings and students are notexempted. It, thus, helps students react to their environmentprofessionally and maturely by controlling their emotions anddecisions made (Stein, Book & Kanoy, 2013). Third, it impactsinternal motivation enabling students to chose and prioritized issuesof importance in life as opposed to how they react to the emotions.Moreover, it nurtures and develops empathy skills in students amongother people. It enables them to understand the emotions of othersresulting in effective communication and interactions. Lastly, ithelps students and non-students build and develop social skills. Itis critical to note that educational institutions do not only dealwith academics, but also other relevant skills in the society. It,thus, makes students make social connections.
Mostcollege and university students have free time and options of choicesto make in life because many are distant from their parents. They,thus, have freedom of choice and decisions they make. EQ, hence, canplay a role in shaping or breaking the student (Sánchez-Álvarez,Extremera & Fernández-Berrocal, 2015). How they react to thechanged school environment and the freedom that they have iscritical. For example, students might feel under pressure to do whattheir peers do in the college surrounding even when they do notsubscribe to such ideas or acts for instance use of drugs or engagein sexual acts. Goleman (2015) also assess the role the EQcontributes in success not only for students but also in the creatinggreat leaders in the world. He states four key factors that includeself-awareness, self-management, empathy and relationship skills. Forstudents to develop and grow their EQ, all stakeholders mustcontribute positively in such steps that include parents, teachersand fellow students. When the right skills and techniques thatenhance positive EQ growth and development are nurtured in schools,it presents and places such students in high chance to succeed andprosper in their career and post-student lives (Holinka, 2015). It isbecause the same experiences are noted in the real-world outside theschool`s environment as well as in the work environment. And, thus,such students would be better placed and experienced enough to handleissues that affect their emotions and decisions they make. EQknowledge and skills, thus, helps students among others understandtheir internal as well as the external environment and, thus, makeinformed decisions not based on emotions. It is because they have ahigher chance of controlling their emotions but makes decisions basedon logic, rational and reason in the ever dynamic contexts either inthe political, economic or social setups. It also enhances theirchances of becoming better leaders in the corporate world able toinfluence many because of the ability to monitor emotions and managerelationships (INNERCHOICE Publishing, 2017). Those that areoverwhelmed by emotions and react out of emotion or anger do not makebest leaders. A leader as majority believes is judged during tryingtimes in their leadership path and, hence, those that stay calm andcool understanding emotions enhance relationship-building and notdestruction. Students, hence, must desire to improve their EQ to helpthem overcome academic goals and life as a whole.
HighEQ enables students built a high-level network of friends that theycan rely on in many issues that touch in academic or non-academic.For example, such students can have a broad base where they canconsult issues of academic or general life. Additionally, it enablesthem to network and make friends beyond the class or schoolenvironment (Sun, Wang & Kong, 2014). Outside the schoolenvironment in the corporate world networking is a critical skill andrequirement in the contemporary times for successful job seekers andcareer development. It is said that the world is a puzzle and onenever knows who might help him or her in the future, hence, the broadnetwork of friends might help the students grow and developholistically.
Inconclusion, EQ plays a major role in a student life beyond the schoolenvironment. It sharpens and develops critical life skills such asself-regulation, self-awareness, social skills, internal motivationas well as empathy. The competencies when nurtured and developedplace the student in a better chance to overcome life challengesbeyond the school setup. It is because they are better prepared andplaced to deal with the dynamic emotional contexts. It also increasestheir chances of becoming greater leaders in the school and corporateworld.
Firestsone,L. (2016, March 16).Why we need to Teach Kids Emotional Intelligence.PsychologyToday.Retrieved fromhttps://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/compassion-matters/201603/why-we-need-teach-kids-emotional-intelligence.The author of the piece has taughtpsychology students for many years and has broad experience. Thework, hence, relies on facts and lessons encountered by the authorwhen dealing with students. The author moreover is a parent and,hence, appreciates and states the roles that parents can play in thedevelopment of EQ in their kids. It, thus, merits as a usefulresource for the project because it has in-depth information andquality data that is useful written by a competent professional.
Goleman,D. (2015, April7). How to Be Emotionally Intelligent. TheNew York Times. Retrievedfromhttps://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/12/education/edlife/how-to-be-emotionally-intelligent.html?_r=0. The author has vast experience as apsychologist and consults with Rutgers University in issues relatedto the subject of EQ. The author has also written different books inpsychology and the work talks beyond the school setup to theleadership and corporate world. It, hence, provides an excellentsource to discuss, analyze, and present how EQ impacts in thebusiness world and leadership in general, hence, a useful resourcefor the work.
Holinka,C. (2015). Stress, emotional intelligence, and life satisfaction incollege students. CollegeStudent Journal,49(2), 300-311. Retrieved fromhttp://web.b.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail/detail?sid=3b1c2428-11dc-4b07-9268-512361864140%40sessionmgr103&vid=0&hid=107&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#AN=96927572&db=aph The journal article presents a summary of studies thatclarifies how EQ relates to stress and life satisfaction amongcollege students. It explored whether EQ moderates the effects oflife satisfaction. It, hence, links stress to negative EQ thatcomplicates life for college students. The context of the researchthat includes college students, hence, would provide relevant data tobe used in the work because it is similar. The contents andrelationship as presented in work, thus, would be critical inaccomplishing the study.
INNERCHOICEPublishing (2017). Life Skills and Social-Emotional Learning. EQ -TheSecret to Success. “Is Emotional Intelligence the Key to Success?” Retrieved fromhttp://www.innerchoicepublishing.com/resources_ei.1.html. The website publishes moreoften articles and contents that inform readers about psychology andother relevant factors and subjects that touch on people daily lives.The work presents an in-depth analysis and presentation of EQ thatstarts from the definition to comparison with IQ noting thedifferences and similarities. It also expresses the benefits ofteaching EQ and the impacts that it would have to students and otherconcerned people in the short and long-term periods. It, hence, is anexcellent resource for the project.
Sánchez-Álvarez,N., Extremera, N., & Fernández-Berrocal, P. (2015). Maintaininglife satisfaction in adolescence: Affective mediators of theinfluence of perceived emotional intelligence on overall lifesatisfaction judgments in a two-year longitudinal study. Frontiersin Psychology,61-9. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01892. The piece examines possible potential mediators that impact theEQ and satisfaction of life noting the relationship that existsbetween the two. It used longitudinal research designs where highschool students were participants in the project for two years. Thosewith high EQ have greater life satisfaction and academic performance.The findings in the project, thus, would provide facts and ideas thatwould be relevant to the study because it has all the variables thattouch on the EQ, thus, making the peer-reviewed article pertinent tothe project and also a similar background of school.
Stein,S., Book, H. E., & Kanoy, K. (2013). Thestudent EQ edge: Emotional intelligence and your academic andpersonal success. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.The bookindicates the relevance of EQ in today’s world. It notes how itshapes leadership and lifelong learning abilities that are criticalskills for one to succeed. It also touches on how synchronizingacademic skills and EQ increases chances of succeeding in life beyondthe school environment. It besides relies on facts and experiences ofgreat influential leaders as an example and notes their opinionsabout the subject. It is, thus, a useful piece for the project.
Sun,P., Wang, S., & Kong, F. (2014). Core self-evaluations asmediator and moderator of the relationship between emotionalintelligence and life satisfaction. SocialIndicators Research,118(1), 173-180. doi: 10.1007/s11205-013-0413-9 Thepeer-reviewed piece analyses life of Chinese University students. Itanalyses the moderating and mediating effects and the relationshipbetween EQ and the core self-evaluations among other critical factorsto the subject. It also presents the limitations of the study. Thework, hence, would provide quality and relevant data for the projectbecause of a similar institutional background of participants in thestudy.