Emotional Health and Literacy
Emotional health is defined by the degree to which you feel emotionally secure and relaxed in everyday life. An emotionally healthy person has a relaxed body, an open mind and an open heart. The more emotional health you possess, the more self-esteem you have. This means you do not frequently react with knee jerk responses, anxiety or panic to the events that occur in your life. Instead you are usually calm and patient with yourself and others. This means you are an emotionally healthy person.
Emotionally safe person do not judge or criticize others. This is because they have learned not to judge or criticize others.
Emotionally healthy people feel safe and secure with their own emotions and feelings.
Mental health describes a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of a mental disorder. The World Health Organization- WHO defines mental health as a “ states of well-being in which the individuals realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with normal stress of life, can work productively and is able to make a contributions to his or her community.”
Emotional literacy is our ability to recognize, understand, handle and appropriately express our emotions and feelings; the ability to understand ourselves and other people. It includes the ability to understand and manage our own emotions and respond to the emotions of others in ways that are helpful to us and others. It is the practice of interacting with others in a way that builds understanding of our own emotions, then using this understanding to shape our actions.
Emotions are an integral part of human nature. Through emotions we respond to life in many different ways— with anger, happiness, fear, love and loneliness. Emotions influence our thoughts and actions; they affect our bodies and impact on our relationship. Many of the problems in modern society are due, at least in part, to people being unable to understand and appropriately express emotions.
Emotional literacy is a preventive tool, which properly understand, can help solve many social ills, violence, illness, drug abuse, dysfunctional relationship and global social conflicts.
Emotional literacy is the key to helping young people develop self-esteem, self-control and so become socially and educationally successful. Claude Steiner defines the distinction between emotional intelligence and emotional literacy as “emotional literacy is emotional intelligence with heart.”
Emotional Quotient (EQ)
Emotional quotient (EQ) is a way to measure how a person recognize emotions in him or herself and others, and manages these emotional states to work better as a group or team.
Intelligence Quotient (IQ)
Intelligence Quotient (IQ) is a value that indicates a person’s ability to learn, understand and apply information and skills in a meaningful way.
The major difference between EQ and IQ is what part of a person’s mental abilities they measure .i.e. understanding emotion or understanding information.
What is emotional intelligence?
Emotional intelligence (E.I) involves the ability to recognize and manages one’s own emotions in a variety of settings like school, home and office.