Emotional intelligence is when a person has the ability to identify and manage his/her emotions and the emotions of others. It is generally said to include 3 distinctive skills:
1. Emotional awareness is the ability to identify yours and others emotions just by observing
2. The ability to harness those emotions and apply them to day to day tasks like problem solving and thinking
3. The ability to manage emotions, including the ability to stabilize your own emotions, and the ability to calm someone down or cheer them up
If an individual has low emotional intelligence, life can be a daunting and agonizing adventure. A young person who has low emotional intelligence is not equipped to make the responsible decisions in difficult or stressful times in their lives. Without the proper treatment for lack of emotional intelligence, young men and women are more likely to act out or display negative behaviors, such as self-harm or drug addictions.