What is Intelligence Quotient (IQ)?

An IQ is a total score derived from several standardized tests designed to assess human intelligence. IQ score gives a pretty accurate indication of the ability one possesses to think, reason and solve problems in real life situations.



What is Emotional Quotient (EQ)?

Emotional Quotient measures the capability of an individual to recognize one’s own emotion and those of others. This is followed by properly discerning & appropriately labelling these emotions so as to guide one’s thinking, behaviour and proper adjusting to adapt to a challenging environment.



This article will help you to understand why an EQ matters more than a higher IQ level of your child.


According to a Forbes article & a research carried out by the Carnegie Institute of Technology, 85 percent of financially successful people have developed skills in ‘Human Engineering’ including personality, ability to communicate, negotiate and lead.’

While a High IQ level can promise you academic excellence but a Poor EQ will surely impede your social and career performance. Children with high emotional quotient have been proven to show future success in a relationship, health, and quality of life. Children with good EQ are more cooperative and make a better leader. These children are blessed with an ability to level their emotions accurately which further helps them to regulate and control their reactions. This, in turn, prevents any impulsive or obnoxious results.

However, a study witnesses a steep decline in the emotional quotient of children these days. The reasons are listed below:

  • Due to the rise in the level of stress and anxiety.
  • Growing reliance on technology and social media communication.
  • Lack of face to face communications.

Can EQ of a child be improved?

While IQ is static, EQ can be increased. Following are the ways by which EQ of your child can be improved:

  • Talking about your own emotions with your children can promote a sense understanding different emotions in your child.
  • Narrate different stories and incidents to your child with the help of drama play, toys, picture books etc. This will help the child to grasp and understand different moods and expression.
  • Promoting more face to face interactions by involving him in social outings & get-togethers.

‘Our emotions need to be as educated as our intellect. It is important to know how to feel, how to respond, and how to let life in, so that it can touch you.’

Shiwani Agrawal

Author: Shiwani Agrawal

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