Stoicism and Emotional Intelligence

Mümin Ahmedoğlu
2 min readSep 27, 2021

“First off, don’t let the force of the impression carry you away. Say to it, “Hold up a bit and let me see who you are and where you are from — let me put you to the test.” — Epictetus

What is Emotional Intelligence, and How Can It Help You?

In the same manner that we refer to cognitive intelligence as IQ, emotional intelligence is sometimes called EQ (Emotional Quotient) (Intelligence Quotient).

People’s ability to recognize their own and others’ emotions is referred to as emotional intelligence. It also entails the ability to recognize, label, and differentiate between various emotions. From there, EQ empowers us to exert greater control over our actions and decisions.

Stoic Emotional Intelligence at its Core

“It’s not what happens to you but how you react to it that matters.” — Epictetus

Stoicism may be able to assist us. Stoicism is primarily concerned with the development of our emotional intelligence through our thought processes. As competitors, we should reflect on Stoic ideas daily, but especially before a competition.

This regular Stoic practice will help us strengthen our emotional intelligence and, as a result, increase our chances of success.

The linguistic signs we hear aren’t the only indications of intelligence. Not everyone is aware of how their words and actions are perceived. You must learn to decipher the communication styles of others. They may not devote the same amount of effort to understanding another as you do, but it is our job to ourselves to do so. Our primary purpose is to live in harmony with nature, which necessitates an understanding of others.

Mümin Ahmedoğlu

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