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16 Signs You’re Lacking Emotional Intelligence

Kimberly Love

How would you define intelligence? To most people, their minds go straight towards academics – how well did a person do in school or how many degrees do they have. In fact, many people simply believe that intelligence is present because a person is of a certain standing, like a doctor or a lawyer. And while that may be true in one sense, the reality is that you’d be using a very narrow definition of intelligence, for true intelligence isn’t limited to what you read in a book or learn in a classroom.

Intelligence can be a rather subjective term, but most scientific minds agree that human beings are capable of a number of different intelligence; and just like the academic type, these are usually in varying degrees. Some people are musical intelligent and can carry a tune or pick up on a composition just by listening. There is logical-mathematical intelligence, which as the name suggests is related to numbers and reasoning, as well as linguistic intelligence, which is the ability to ‘find the right words,’ and bodily-kinesthetic intelligence, which is the coordinating of the mind with the body. And while the list of different types of intelligence goes on, there is one, in particular, that seems to be overlooked, however, is of the utmost importance – emotional intelligence.

The definition of emotional intelligence is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. Like most intelligence, some people inherently have it and others don’t, but that is not to say you can’t develop it. First, though, you need to determine if you have it in the first place, which is why we have compiled this list of clear signs that you may be lacking in the emotional intelligence department.

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