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From a website dedicated “to communicating scientific information about emotional intelligence” I found these definitions:

emotional-intelligenceEmotional intelligence represents an ability to validly reason with emotions and to use emotions to enhance thought.

They also say: a more formal definition is…the capacity to reason about emotions, and of emotions to enhance thinking. It includes the abilities to accurately perceive emotions, to access and generate emotions so as to assist thought, to understand emotions and emotional knowledge, and to reflectively regulate emotions so as to promote emotional and intellectual growth.

So now we have a formal definition which I might translate this way: emotional intelligence allows you to know what you are feeling, understand others feelings and to be able to use those feelings to promote your own emotional and personal development.  

That doesn’t sound too hard does it? Well, actually for most people it is quite difficult. It is only…

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