Emotional Intelligence

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Emotional intelligence is just as important as IQ (Intelligence Quotient). An IQ test is known as a quiz that tests a person’s intelligence. But what if other things are important to intelligence that cannot be measured via an IQ test? You’ve come to the right place, because emotional intelligence is an essential facet of mental health recovery. Controlling your emotions and recognizing the feelings in those around you is a skill that is talked about during a portion of DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), known as interpersonal relationship skills. When a client in therapy is working on interpersonal relationship skills, they often are working on communicating better. They are using the five emotional intelligence components in their work; usually without even knowing it. Today, Pinnacle Recovery wants to go over the different areas of emotional intelligence.


Being aware of your own emotions is a necessity. If you are blind to your weaknesses, you cannot work on them. Without awareness of your emotions, you also cannot fully understand how they impact those around you. When working on self-awareness in a mental health setting, it’s essential to keep in mind that your emotions and actions have an impact on your relationships. Without awareness, you have nothing. 


Once you are aware of your emotions, you can regulate them. This is the ability to control your emotions in a healthy way. This includes thinking before you speak. When working on self-regulation in a mental health setting, it’s important to remember that how you act can impact your relationships. This is why you must work to regulating your emotions. Regulating your emotions can also include redirecting thought spirals. This is important for your relationship with yourself. You deserve the respect you give to other people. Respect begins with yourself, so be kind to yourself. 


Being able to motivate yourself in a setting with your peers proves to them that you are driven and working hard. It demonstrates your commitment to the group, as well as to yourself. In a mental health setting, you must have self-motivation to go along with the motivation with your work and school. Motivate yourself to keep working hard on staying sober and practicing kindness to yourself. 


Along with recognizing your own emotions, you must also acknowledge the feelings of your peers. Being an empathetic person gives you the peace of mind that you will be able to read other people and make the right decisions in an interpersonal setting. 

Social skills

Having excellent social skills means that you can maintain relationships. This is a necessity for recovery. You must have positive relationships in your life throughout your recovery. You must be able to lean on those around you for support when you need it the most. This means you can be of assistance to others when they need it, too. 

Pinnacle Recovery wants to help you work on your emotional intelligence. This can help you throughout your recovery here at Pinnacle, but also back in the “real world.” Call now to learn more about our programs at 1-866-301-0573. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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