How Emotional Intelligence Affects Physical & Mental Health

Note: Conversational EQ is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult a qualified professional.

Health and Well Being

According to research by the University of Texas Medical Branch, people who are more emotionally intelligent feel healthier than those who are less emotionally intelligent. Not only that, individuals who are healthier are more emotionally intelligent than those who are less healthy.

EQ as a Predictor of Physical and Mental Health

This research showed that self regard (one’s ability to understand and accept oneself), is the strongest predictor of health, along with related traits of high EQ including:

  • Self-Actualization
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Optimism and Happiness

For example, medical patients that experience more difficulty in managing their emotions and coping with stress (Stress Tolerance), are more pessimistic (Optimism) and unhappy (Happiness), have poor self-awareness and self-acceptance (Self Actualization) and are less motivated to pursue their interests and actualize personal goals.

And according to, people who are lower in emotional intelligence tend to be more susceptible to mental maladies. 

The conclusion is that emotional intelligence has a significant impact on health as well as on the ability to cope with and, in the case of patients, possibly survive life-threatening medical conditions.

A Simple Game Can Be the Difference

The findings in the above study, among countless others, indicate that EQ is both teachable and learnable, and that competencies, skills and behaviours can be enhanced by simple methods over a relatively short period of time. It is based upon this understanding the Conversational EQ has been an effective tool to support physical and mental health. A simple card game can make all the difference.

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