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Do You Have a High EQ?

You’ve heard of EQ before, and you know it’s a term that describes emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is your ability to regulate yourself and to manage the people around you and basically to achieve success. Research has proven that there is a link between emotional intelligence and personal and professional success. Not everyone is fortunate enough to be born with a high EQ. But fortunately, EQ is possible to acquire and to hone. These are five signs that indicate that you have a high EQ, in easy-to-identify daily situations.


One hallmark of a high EQ is certainly self-awareness. Self-awareness is a concept to describe a deep understanding of yourself and what makes you tick. This means what triggers your emotions like happiness, interest, anger, and boredom. This self-awareness is what makes it possible for people to appraise themselves with clarity. This is more so important to do so with honesty.

What this has to do with emotional intelligence is that when someone with high EQ receives criticism. They don’t go into an emotional tailspin. Instead, note the criticism, analyze it, and correct it, without blame, excuse, denial, and anxiety.


Self-awareness also ties into this point when it comes to emotionally intelligent people. This is because people with high emotional intelligence can listen to an immediate situation without responding to judgment. This means they don’t automatically dismiss ideas simply because they are unlike their ideas. Characteristics like this make people with open-mindedness the go-to person. There are challenges, troubles, issues, or imply when a sympathetic ear is required.

If you are open-minded, you can probably relate and have experienced this first-hand. You probably don’t hang around making small talk all day long, and neither do you tolerate negative personalities of you are of this type. You tend to help people find solutions rather quickly.

Good Listeners

Being able to listen well is a skill that few people have. It is a skill that requires development. A person with excellent listening skills has a developed listening structure separating facts from personal interpretations as they hear a story or relay of events. Highly emotionally intelligent people can identify the feelings that hamper or shut down their ability to listen well.

If you fall under this category, then you have developed the ability to divorce yourself from those hindering feelings to remain open to hear what’s being said behind the actual words.

No Sugarcoating

Having high emotional intelligence means recognizing emotion in other people. Being aware of emotions in other people doesn’t translate into shying from the truth or engaging in the use of trickery to soften the blow of challenging feedback. Emotionally intelligent people know the importance of the hard fact is heard.

This doesn’t mean to say that an emotionally intelligent person has such blatant candor that the conversation is shut down. Instead, you will have a relaxed conversation with a clear message. This is an especially important trait in superior positions in the workplace, where people must give honest feedback and constructive criticism.

They Apologize

People who possess high emotional intelligence don’t waste their time and effort in proving that they aren’t wrong if they are aware that they are. Once an emotionally intelligent person realizes that they are wrong, they do not search for excuses or shift the blame.

Instead, you will find that they offer an honest and straightforward apology so that things can get back on track. If you exhibit this trait, you will have an easy time admitting to your mistakes and moving on smoothly without having to spend energy on defending yourself to no avail.

These are only a few of the indicators to look out for in an emotionally intelligent person, but there are easily identifiable in everyday situations. Consider them quick tests that you can witness. In most of these cases, you would more easily have these situations in a work environment. It is essential to understand whether a person has high or low levels of emotional intelligence in both personal and professional life. It can help you know a person’s behavior and reactions in different situations. Identifying with your level of emotional intelligence can help you develop better emotional intelligence. You can also use it to help others learn from you if you have a high EQ.

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