Humans are unique and interesting creatures. We can feel an emotion, then identify and even regulate that emotion. Then, we react based on the combination of our thoughts and feelings. All this means humans possess emotional intelligence, some at a higher level than others.

Another concept that is unique to the human experience is introspection, the examination of one's own conscious thoughts and feelings. This ability is key to understanding why people think, feel, and behave a certain way.


1. History of Emotional Intelligence

Researchers Peter Salovey and John Mayer coined the term emotional intelligence in the early 1990's. The framework of the concept is the idea that people have a wide range of emotional skills that significantly affect their thinking and actions. The term was later popularized by psychologist and writer Daniel Goleman.

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