|LETTER TO THE EDITOR
|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 83-84
Emotional intelligence: A long-time neglected factor for academic performance
Rinki Hans1, Manoj Kumar Hans2
1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Geetanjali Dental and Research Institute, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
2 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Geetanjali Dental and Research Institute, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
|Date of Submission||17-Nov-2018|
|Date of Decision||03-Sep-2019|
|Date of Acceptance||13-Aug-2020|
|Date of Web Publication||08-Dec-2020|
Manoj Kumar Hans
Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Geetanjali Dental and Research Institute, Udaipur, Rajasthan
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Hans R, Hans MK. Emotional intelligence: A long-time neglected factor for academic performance. Educ Health 2020;33:83-4
Emotional intelligence is a social form of intelligence that enables people to recognize their own and other’s emotions and to make appropriate choices for thinking and action.
There has been an enormous disagreement on the definition of emotional intelligence among researchers. In 1990, Mayer and Salovey offered the first formulation of a concept called “Emotional Intelligence.” It was a new way of thinking about the ingredients of life success (Goleman, 2000). It was then that Emotional Intelligence became a recognized term.
There have been many conflicts regarding the beliefs about emotional intelligence among various researchers. While some believe that it is a learned behavior that a person inculcates during life, others believe that it is an inborn trait. However, it is said that emotional intelligence matters twice as much as intelligence quotient.
Emotional intelligence has an important role to play in all the professions, especially those related with patient care. Many studies have shown a direct relationship between emotional intelligence and academic performance. Hence, it can be assumed that various factors play a vital role in making up the emotional intelligence of people, which thereby plays a major role in their academic performance.
The health profession is considered to be a sacred profession. It deals with a patient’s physical, mental, social, and emotional health. A good health professional is the one who not only has sound knowledge of illnesses and their treatments but also is capable of assessing patient’s hidden illnesses. To disseminate one’s duties with complete ethical awareness in a professional manner is the real challenge.
Emotional intelligence has been measured in different ways in past studies. It has been found that emotional intelligence is associated with factors such as gender, age, and lifestyle. Further, emotional intelligence has a significant role to play with academic performance. [4,5]
It is recommended that all the medical, dental, and paramedical colleges should look at emotional intelligence as a major factor as it has been known to affect not just the academic performance but also the overall development of individuals in all the spheres of life. Special short-term classes can be brought into the curriculum to enhance the social, mental, and emotional health of individuals.
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