Self-Transformation Series:
Issue No. 20

Emotional Quotient and Character Development

Table of Contents

  1. Why Important
  2. Time Magazine Article
  3. Significance of the Findings
  4. Relevance to Parenting and Education

I. Why Important

Recent research have shown that what is called Emotional Quotient (EQ) may be more important than IQ or Intelligence Quotient. EQ may be more properly called Character Quotient since it is really a measurement of qualities that we often refer to as character. People who have a high EQ seem to fare better in life, are better adjusted, and are more successful in their careers.

II. Time Magazine Article

A recent major article in Time Magazine focuses on the renewed interest of psychologists on the importance of EQ. It defines it as: "Qualities like understanding one's own feelings, empathy for the feelings of others, and 'the regulation of emotion in a way that enhances living.' " Note that this definition has three components:

  1. Understanding one's feelings;
  2. Understanding others' feelings;
  3. Effectively handling one's own feelings.
"When it comes to predicting a person's success, brainpower as measured by IQ and standardized achievement tests may actually matter less than the qualities of mind once thought of as 'character.' " (Dr. Daniel Goleman in Emotional Intelligence) Here are some examples in the article on the importance of emotional maturity:

III. Significance of the Findings

A high EQ means that a person has better emotional self-control, which is an important ingredient in:

IV. Relevance to Parenting and Education

Our new insights on the importance of emotional maturity for the true success of an individual stress the relevance of emotional education both in schools and the home. It means that:
  1. Schools should give emphasis to emotional education and not only to mental education. Teacher training must include these aspects, particularly the practical importance of character development. Some schools have experimented with such programs and met with success.
    New York City's Public School 75 "adopted an emotional literacy program, designed to help children learn to manage anger, frustration, loneliness. Since then, fights at lunchtime have decreased from two or three a day to almost none." (Time)
  2. Parents must be sensitive to the emotional and character development of the child, for the home is the first place where such qualities are formed. They must be made aware of causes and effects in their example and in their treatment of children.

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