Emotional Intelligence – what is it and can I really learn it?

What is emotional intelligence? Can you learn it? Can you become better at it? At TCWF we totally believe that you can and that’s why its fundamental to our #buildingselfbelief programme for young people.

Emotional intelligence (EQ), or the ability to understand and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others, is a crucial aspect of our lives that can greatly impact our success and happiness. Whether in our personal or professional lives, having a high level of EQ can help us navigate complex social situations, build stronger relationships, and lead us to a more fulfilling life.

So, how do we help young people raise their EQ (and what can you do to improve yours)?
Here are some strategies that we use and you can apply:


We help young people build #selfawareness: The first step in increasing your EQ is to become more self-aware. This means paying attention to your own thoughts and feelings, and understanding how they affect your behavior and the people around you. You can start by taking time each day to reflect on your emotions and thoughts, and keeping a journal to track your progress.


We help young people develop empathy: Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. To develop this skill, try to put yourself in other people’s shoes, and imagine how they might be feeling. This will help you understand their perspective and respond to them in a more meaningful way.


We spend time with young people developing their communication skills: Effective communication is a key component of emotional intelligence. Understanding your methods of #communication and how different this could be to others can help you adapt your style to the situation. To improve listen actively, ask questions, and avoid making assumptions about others. Also, practice expressing your own thoughts and feelings clearly and assertively, without being aggressive or confrontational.


We help young people work out strategies to manage their emotions: Emotional management involves regulating your own emotions in a healthy and productive way. We enable young people to identify triggers that cause strong emotional reactions, and so develop strategies to manage them in a constructive manner like practicing mindfulness, taking regular exercise, listening to music etc.


We enable young people to understand the differences between people so that they can build more productive relationships: Building strong and positive relationships is an important aspect of emotional intelligence. This means taking the time to get to know people, showing genuine interest in their lives, and being there for them in times of need. It also means learning to manage conflicts in a healthy and productive way, and being open to feedback from others.

Developing #emotionalintelligence takes time and effort, but the benefits are well worth it. By becoming more self-aware, practicing empathy, improving communication skills, managing your emotions, and building positive relationships, you can greatly enhance your personal and professional life.

Start today and watch your emotional intelligence grow.