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The Pandemic and Emotional Intelligence

#eq is the ability to understand, use, and manage emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate, have #empathy for others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict. It encompasses 4 areas: #selfmanagement, #selfawareness, #socialawareness, and #relationshipmanagement. While it’s easy to say those not social distancing, masking, or vaccinating (with the exception of medical reasons!) are not intelligent, the real issue is the lack of social intelligence, a facet of EQ.

Connecting to emotions serves a critical social purpose beyond helping you to communicate your feelings: it connects you to others and to humanity. Social intelligence enables you to recognize friend from foe, measure another’s interest in you, reduce stress, balance your nervous system, and feel loved and happy.

In an individualistic society (like #america), EQ isn’t viewed as the asset that IQ is. This reality is because IQ relates to productivity (#ableism and #capitalism) and EQ, in an individualistic society, relates to emotionality, self-expression, and self-growth, all threats to its foundation.

And herein lies the cycle of the pandemic: many in individualistic societies do not prioritize emotional health or growth (as seen most recently with the abuse #simonebiles received), and many refuse ownership of their unhealed emotional traumas, walls and issues.

They operate on this notion and narcissistically impact the physical and mental health of others.

They claim their IQ is high and believe misinformation calling others “sheep”.

But they’re missing from reality.

And the reality? It’s that low EQ people are sheep to themselves. They follow their false beliefs blindly and cyclically and stunt themselves from evolving. From reaching awareness. From learning through feeling and opening their hearts to love beyond that which benefits them.

Spiritually they will repeat these lessons until they’re learned, whether in this life or the next.

So while low EQ people kill, disable and hurt the high EQ people in the pandemic, in the end they most hurt themselves by blocking the abilities for growth and honoring the golden rule, doing unto others as you would have them do unto you.

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