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Emotional Intelligence Review
Origins, Definition & Theory in Easy 1, 2, 3 Terms


This emotional intelligence review breaks down the complicated emotional intelligence theory into simple terms so you know the components of emotional intelligence and can make sense of how they work together to define emotional intelligence.

What is Emotional Intelligence?

While origins of assessing “mental” intelligence (IQ) can be traced back as early as 605 during the Sui Dynasty in China and in France during the nineteenth century, the subject of assessment intelligence on an “emotional” level has become a relatively popular subject since 1920 when E.L. Thorndike “named” this segment of assessing intelligence, “social intelligence.”

But, what is emotional intelligence?

It's having the ability to manage your own emotions as well as manage the emotions within your relationships around you...

And it focuses on your brain's ability to integrate two parts of your brain...

Your rational brain....

And your emotional brain.

Define Emotional Intelligence

While there there are several “official” definitions of emotional intelligence, this emotional intelligence article wants to put this subject into the most basic of terms for your understanding.

So, to define emotional intelligence as simply as possible, just imagine that everything you experience through your senses, you experience through your nervous system...

Your nervous system processes its information through your spinal column, which sends impulses to your brain via the back of your head where the spinal cord connects.

These impulses have to travel from the back of your head through your brain to the front part of your mind, which is the rational portion of your brain...

To get there, however, these impulses must travel through the emotional segment of your brain.

One of the main components of emotional intelligence theory is that these impulses must be able to continue to travel to the rational portion of your brain, but cannot do so if there are not enough neural pathways between the two portions of your brain over which to travel.

Components of Emotional Intelligence

Most articles on emotional intelligence discuss the “academic” components of emotional intelligence, which vary according to which article you read.

While some articles on emotional intelligence list five components, and others list three, most people agree that there are four components of emotional intelligence which relate to:
  1. Self-awareness
  2. Self-management
  3. Social awareness
  4. Relationship management
I discuss these components in more detail in my “Articles on Emotional Intelligence:  Components of Emotional Intelligence" articleClick here to go to that article nowthen hit the back button and I'll be here waiting for you...

What we are discussing here in this emotional intelligence article is the “physical” components of how the two parts of your brain work, which I didn't find addressed very much when I did my research for this article.

Emotional Intelligence Theory

Although most people get caught up in the “academic” versions of the definition of this term, the important thing for you to know is that in order to improve emotional intelligence, you must find ways to build neural pathways between your rational part of your mind and your emotional mind.

How do you do this?

In my “Definition of Emotional Intelligence in Mastering Law of Attraction Techniques” article, I suggest ways to improve emotional intelligence...

But it basically boils down to your ability to stay in tune with your emotions and rationally guide your behavior in such a fashion that you can manage your reactions as well as “control” the emotions of others around you...

And what I mean by “control” is really to monitor your reactions to their emotions in either a way that diffuses the situation or intensifies the situation.

For example, if someone is upset with you and confronts you, you can react in two ways:
  1. Low emotional intelligence:  Defend yourself and “enter into” the argument and “throw out” your rational mind, or...
  2. High emotional intelligence:  Take a deep breath, acknowledge the situation, and calmly suggest discussing the matter when everyone can discuss it rationally and without emotional outbursts.

What you've done in a way is to “control” the other person's emotions of entering into an emotionally charged situation because you “controlled” your own emotional reaction to the situation and did not enter into an emotionally charged state too.

Emotional Intelligence in Business

Much of the attention to the emotional intelligence theory has been devoted to emotional intelligence in business and for good reason because we don't leave our emotions “at home” while we're at work...

And because we have to find ways to get along with co-workers and superiors who may be a bit difficult to contend with without using as much of our brains as we have available.

I'll be posting an article about emotional intelligence's role in business, so check back for that soon.


No matter what the origins are of assessing this type of intelligence or how you wish to define it, the best way to understand it and to make use of it is to learn tangible ways to improve emotional intelligence by encouraging more neural pathways between the rational and emotional parts of your brain.

relax-and-listen-to-hypnosis Here's a great hypnosis download that helps you increase your emotional intelligence, which helps you:

Get control over unhelpful emotional responses;

Understand your own emotional states and recognize other's emotional states in order to gain more influence over them.

Click here to check out this great hypnosis download.

And here's an another article that explains more about this great subject:

What is Emotional Intelligence and How Does it Relate to Positive Thinking?  “What is Emotional Intelligence” is a hot question today with so much emphasis on emotional intelligence in business and how it strongly affects our success at work.  But it also affects success...


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