Emotional Intelligence: Understanding Different Personalities - [website] Email Print
Published: 27th of Jan 2023 by: Staff Writer

Understanding different personality types is integral to successfully negotiating relationships - both with ourselves, (intrapersonal) and with others, (interpersonal). On these two pillars rests all of emotional intelligence.

First thing we need to understand is that our focus, and that of others, may differ... As well as our varying methods of communication. I mean, of course it would. We are all different, we have our own personalities, thoughts, feelings... A lot of this may also be shaped by your individual life experience and how you perceive the world around you. Never forget this- This knowledge should go a long way to precluding snap judgements and promoting acceptance of our differences. Ideally, it will facilitate our leveraging this diversity positively.

Now, for those amongst us who are not particularly emotional beings, life is definitely less complicated. However, the downside of being strongly task-orientated could manifest in our missing emotional cues and misreading situations. For the rest of us mere mortals, who feel strongly about everything, life can certainly be a minefield where we're spending much of our time apologising for outbursts and/or seemingly irrational behaviour!

Cue Emotional Intelligence training, it aims to supply learners with the necessary awareness, knowledge and confidence on the road to self mastery and mindfulness. In an age where the demands and stress we face are ever escalating, being able to identify our emotions and emotional responses is a huge step toward quick and effective solution generation.

Which brings me to my next point. The importance of understanding ourselves. Now you might find yourself thinking "This is silly- of course I know myself, how could I not...".

But this understanding runs deeper and requires from us to do some introspection. Because understanding ourselves and what pushes our buttons - our strengths and weaknesses and our own specific needs - puts us in the driving seat when it comes to how effectively we deal with a variety of situations. In fact, it can mean the difference between acting rather than reacting. The ability to take a step back from our instinctive response to a more reasoned one, lies with the ability to engage our "adult" brain before we engage our mouth.

In short, if I understand me, I'm more likely to make decisions out of that knowledge as opposed to lashing out because my unconscious biases and fears took control.

Emotional Intelligence and understanding different personality types is such a huge subject and so vital to our emotional well-being... Which is why many of our training courses contain this module and we've yet to meet a delegate who hasn't benefited from gaining this knowledge.

Join us on our Customer Care, Communication Excellence, Assertiveness, Managerial and Leadership workshops, (to name but a few), to learn where you fit and how this can be leveraged for your personal success.

At Staff Training we have been providing South Africa with more than 60 types of training solutions for over 20 years. Our strength lies in our ability to make workshops relevant, interesting and entertaining, whilst providing you with both pre- and post workshop options to ensure sustainability of learning.

Email us at info@StaffTraining.co.za for more info or give us a call at 0861 996 660

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