Open Café Rzeszow: Are we emotionally intelligent enough?

This week’s Open Café was organized in our favourite summer meeting point Kwadrat Kultury, on the bank of the Wisłok river.

INPRO volunteer Duong Manh Thai Nguyen and interested participants together discussed about emotional intelligence and the skills that form the basis of EQ.

As we know, it’s not the smartest people who are the most successful or the most fulfilled in life. You probably know people who are academically brilliant and yet are socially inept and unsuccessful at work or in their personal relationships. Intellectual ability or your intelligence quotient (IQ) isn’t enough on its own to achieve success in life. Yes, your IQ can help you get into college, but it’s your EQ that will help you manage the stress and emotions when facing your final exams. IQ and EQ exist in tandem and are most effective when they build off one another.

As per usual, our facilitators warmed up the participants with an energizer and not only made them comfortable but also created a space for them to mingle with each other. Right after, our facilitators asked about a definition of the term emotional intelligence and led them to think about these questions: How is your performance at school or work? / Can you successfully manage your stress? / How is going your your relationships with family, friends and romantic one? / Do you feel loved and happy? As well as giving some examples from our daily lives considering the current pandemia affecting all of us.

Local Polish people and international residents of Rzeszów had many things to share about their emotional intelligenceUltimately, it was a great success for everyone who focused on the social and psychological benefits of EI, it is important to note that self-awareness – the ability to manage emotions and stress – and the ability to solve personal, as well as interpersonal problems, are also significantly related to physical health.