IQ vs. EQ - Which is more important?


Our Intelligence Quotient (IQ) refers to our ability to learn and is unchanging throughout our lifetime. But we are largely shaped by our Emotional Intelligence (EQ) as well. EQ refers to our social and personal competency, and is flexible meaning it can be enhanced throughout our lifetime.   

Personal competency can be explained as how aware we are of our own emotions and how we manage those emotions. For example, if you get stood up on a date and respond by destroying that person’s car, that would be low personal competency. If you get stood up, think about destroying the car, but don’t because you are aware you’re in a heightened emotional state and not thinking rationally, that is high personal competency.   

Social competency is similar, except it refers to how accurately we perceive others emotions and how we navigate social situations accordingly. An example of this, would be when your friend — who just broke up a relationship — talks as though they are happy about it, but you notice when it is brought up their eyes subtly well up for a split second, and that makes you aware they are not really happy about the split.

There has been extensive research supporting the idea that regardless of IQ, EQ is the most important factor in determining success (Bradford, Web). Across all industries, all job levels, and all areas of the world, emotional intelligence is the strongest predictor of workplace success. 90% of top-performers have high emotional intelligence and make an average of $29,000 more per year than those with low emotional intelligence (Bradford, Web).

The reason being people with high emotional intelligence are more successful, is because they have the ability to to think rationally and make positive decisions, rather than reacting impulsively. They are also able to maintain stronger and healthier relationships, which supports them to grow and succeed. By understanding that empathy is a skill, those with high EQ are able to use that skill to become a true leader and inspire others to move mountains in support of their vision and not out of fear.  

The good news is emotional intelligence can be learned. IQ and personality are unchanging, but EQ is flexible. It can be learned, unlearned, improved and enhanced over time. So, how do you increase your emotional intelligence? The very best way to have high emotional intelligence is to have a good teacher and start when we are infants. For those of us that are not infants, the next easiest way is to meditate, because it helps you become aware of and in control of your thoughts. And the quickest way to see results from meditating is to float.

Floating reduces all sensory-input, which allows your mind to relax quicker, get into a deeper meditative state and see results faster than just regular meditation. Meditation and floating help you become aware of your thoughts so that you can manage emotions, make more positive + intentional decisions, and work through any problems.  

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  1. Bradberry, Travis. “Why You Need Emotional Intelligence To Succeed.” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 8 Jan. 2015, Web.

About the author: Monique Morrison

"My name's Monique! I recently graduated from college and am currently a yoga instructor who completed her 500 hour teacher training. I also co-founded ZenAF, a space dedicated to helping millennials learn how to meditate and create their most kickass life."