You’re in the middle of a fierce argument, everything seems to be falling apart. You’re looking for answers, but you’re merely one sentence away from blowing up in anger. Can you relate to this scenario? If yes, then you are among the millions who struggle to manage their unwanted stress.
Stress can find you anywhere; while driving in traffic, giving a presentation, or arguing with your partner. But when it comes to dealing with stress-inducing, high-pressure situations, everyone does it differently.
It is natural to have a negative emotional response to your stressful days. However, some people (with high emotional intelligence or emotional quotient) channelise their emotions and handle sensitive situations better than others. A person with high-EQ is self-aware, enough to recognise and tackle these feelings and talk themselves down before getting pushed over the edge.
For their unique ability to handle their emotions, people with high-EQ have become the first choice of corporate leaders to handle bigger responsibilities at work. A study published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior, at Virginia Commonwealth University, concludes that emotional intelligence is the strongest predictor of a successful career. It is a skill projected for success. As per the 2016 World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report, where human resources experts from global companies answered what they identified as the top 10 job skills required for workers to succeed by 2020, emotional intelligence topped the list.
In this feature, Soulveda shares how emotionally intelligent people handle pressure in difficult and provocative situations.
Emotionally intelligent people step back to contemplate and approach the issue at hand with a calm mind.