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Can Teaching About Personality Profiling Help Boost People’s Emotional Intelligence?

Sep 7 2017

Made popular by American Psychologist Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence (EI or sometimes known as EQ) is defined as the ability to:

Recognise, understand and manage our own emotions and influence the emotions of others.

In practical terms, this means being aware that emotions can drive our behavior and impact people (positively and negatively), and learning how to manage those emotions – both our own and others – especially when we are in stressful situations. Daniel Goleman goes as far as to say "Emotional Intelligence is the key to both personal and professional success"

Emotional intelligence hinges around the ability to recognize your emotions, understand what they're telling you, and realize how your emotions affect those around you.

Studies have shown that people with high EI have greater mental health, job performance, and leadership skills.

How then, can we boost people’s emotional intelligence?

Self awareness 

Knowing what we are feeling and why we are feeling it.This is the conscious knowledge of one's own character and feelings. Improving one’s self awareness is the fundamental first stage to improve emotional intelligence. If you would like to help others improve their self awareness then we must first teach them to better understand their own motivations. One way to do this is by talking individuals through their own Clarity4D profiles.

Self Regulation

Managing Emotions. This is the ability to monitor and control your own behavior, emotions, or thoughts, altering them in accordance with the demands of the situation. Being able to think before you act is a key characteristic of a person who self regulates. The Accreditation teaches how to understand self regulation through managing emotions, such as how people can avoid being too emotional at inappropriate times. One technique is to teach people to think objectively when faced with a problem and remember it’s okay to say no.


This is the the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. The ability of being able to imagine how someone else is feeling or thinking is a key element of emotional intelligence as this enables you to relate well with others by putting yourself in their shoes. It’s worth noting however, that being overly emotional towards someone else’s situation will not help your relationship with them but could have the reverse effect of making you appear to be self centered. The key concept here, taught throughout the Accreditation, is that people have preferred communication styles which we can mirror to help collaboration.

Self Motivation

This is the ability to do what needs to be done, without influence from other people or situations. People with high self motivation can find a reason and strength to complete a task, even when challenging, without giving up or needing another to encourage them.

Social Intelligence 

Handling Relationships. This is learning about social skills and building social awareness. Social intelligence develops from experiences with other people and learning from life's success and failures. The characteristics of social intelligence include Having good communication skills: knowing what to say and when to say it. People with high social intelligence are known to draw people to them because they usually come off as wise.They are also good listeners. People with high social intelligence are concerned with the impression they leave on others. They know how to look and appear genuine to others.To develop social intelligence pay attention to the social world around you.Take responsibility for your Actions: Be open to feedback, criticism and accept your mistakes. If your actions have somehow offended someone then be the bigger person and apologise to them and then move on from your mistakes.

The Clarity4D Accreditation is designed to focus on learning to teach individuals how to better understand themselves and others.

The entire basis of the four D’s programme (four dimensions) of development are:

  • Discover (self awareness)

  • Discuss (others' perception of you)

  • Diversify (your hidden potential)

  • Develop (your full potential over time)

When these 4 dimensions are demonstrated properly they can then help people to explore their full-potential and empower them to build bespoke personal development plans. Being aware of who you are, and how you affect people around you, can help you communicate better with different people. Embracing the diversity of human emotions is therefore fundamentally important when building relationships both professionally and personally.

Increasingly, companies of all sizes are looking at people with high emotional intelligence just as much if not more than they are looking at traditional intelligence (IQ) as a way of recruiting the right candidates for jobs. Goleman suggests that EQ is 60% more important in business than IQ In the modern workplace, it is arguably more important than ever to understand emotions, self awareness and relationship building. After all, don’t we all want to be better at connecting with people?

Author: Purity Wood


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