Emotional Intelligence is the trait of being able to perceive, influence, and manage ones own, others, and a group's emotions.
I took an Interpersonal Communications class as a senior in High school that taught about emotional intelligence. It is a very good thing to practice and increase. One reason is people who have greater emotional intelligence tend to move up higher in job positions and faster than people with lower EI. Another is we can better communicate with each other with a higher Emotional Intelligence.
Emotional Intelligence has 4 parts to it
1. Perceiving Emotions- Accurately perceiving and understanding emotions such as facial expressions, language, and tone of voice.
2. Reasoning with Emotions- Using your emotions to create positive things not hindrances.
3. Understanding Emotions- Understanding the meaning of the emotion and what caused the emotion.
4. Managing Emotions- The ability to manage and control your emotions.