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What is Your EQ?

As a student, have you ever wonder what your IQ score is or wished it were higher?  Well, no matter the level of your Intelligence Quotient or IQ, when it comes to happiness and success in life, EQ or Emotional Intelligence is just as, if not more important, than IQ. Emotional intelligence helps you build stronger relationships, succeed at school, and achieve your career and personal goals.

Carol Wood

What is EQ?  Emotional intelligence is your ability to identify, use, understand, and manage your emotions in positive ways to lessen stress, communicate with others more effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges, and defuse conflict. Emotional intelligence has an impact on various aspects of your daily life, such as the way you behave and the way you interact with others.

If you have a high emotional intelligence, you are able to recognize your own emotional state and the emotional states of others and interact with them in ways that draw them to you. You can use your understanding of emotions to relate better to others, form positive relationships, achieve greater success at school, and have a life with greater fulfillment. 

EQ has four attributes as follow: 

Self-awareness – You are in tune with your own emotions and how they affect your thoughts and behaviors; you know your strengths and weaknesses, and have self-confidence. 

Self-management – You are able to control your impulse feelings and behaviors, manage your emotions in positive ways, take initiative, follow through on commitments, and adjust to changing circumstances. 

Social awareness – You can understand the emotions, needs, and concerns of others, recognize emotional cues, feel comfortable socially, and recognize the power dynamics in a group setting. 

Relationship management – You know how to make and maintain good relationships, communicate concisely, inspire, lead and influence others, work well on a team, and manage conflicts. 

For students who attend a Gwinnett County public school, school counselors have now incorporated social-emotional learning to prepare its students for the future and to support their academics.  As explained by the Gwinnett County school system via their Fall 2019-20 newsletter; Volume V, Issue 1, social-emotional learning is how students learn to understand and manage their emotions, set and achieve goals, feel and show empathy, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions. Thus, students will be equipped to work cooperatively with others, appreciate diversity, show empathy and respect, behave ethically and develop meaningful relationships.  They will increase the likelihood of graduation, their ability to attain stable future employment, and better ensure an adult life free from significant legal challenges and/or financial hardships. 

Carol Wood is the Founder & CEO of Total Learning Concepts, Inc. Visit for information about their tutorial and test preparation services. For more information about Total Learning Concepts, Inc., please call 770-381-5958 or visit their website at