How EQ impacts relationships

Sharpen your emotional awareness
Emotional intelligence (EQ) is the secret of lasting intimate relationships, largely because it makes us extremely aware of the changes - large and small - constantly occurring in ourselves and others.
Henriette Lamprecht
We have the potential to attain the kind of love we all dream of - deep intimacy, mutual kindness, real commitment, soulful caring - simply because of empathy, our innate ability to share emotional experience. But to reach the height of romance we need all the skills of a high emotional intelligence (EQ): Sharp emotional awareness to avoid mistaking infatuation or lust for lasting love; acceptance to experience emotions that could harm a relationship if left to fester, and a vigilant active awareness to appraise us of what’s working and what isn’t.

Fortunately, your EQ doesn’t need to have peaked before you embark on love. In fact, for many people, falling in love serves as motivation for re-educating the heart. That’s why some of the most deeply passionate lovers are in their 80s: They discover that two high EQs add up to a romance that never stops growing, never loses excitement, and always strengthens them both, individually as well as collectively.

Actively seek change in your relationship

When you ride out your fear of change, you discover that different does not necessarily mean worse. Things often come out better than ever on the far side of change. Relationships are organisms themselves, and - by nature - must change. Any relationships not nudged toward the kind of growth you want will drift into change of another kind - maybe the kind you don’t want. Your ability to embrace change pays off in courage and optimism. Ask yourself: Does your lover need something new from you? Do you need to schedule some time to reevaluate together? Are external influences demanding a change in your respective roles? Are you as happy as you used to be?

Without EQ, such questions are often just too scary to face, so many lovers ignore signals of change until it’s too late.

View the challenges you encounter as opportunities rather than problems

Your courage and optimism allow you to view dilemmas not as problems, but as challenging opportunities. How creative can the two of you be? When you don’t need to blame each other for your emotions, you’re not controlled by negative emotional memories, and you’re alert not to repeat the same old mistake.

When you have a high EQ, you’re liberated from ruts and resignation, and you can get down to resourceful problem-solving. You can meet differences between you and unavoidable crises as invitations to find each other, challenges to get closer and emerge individually and collectively stronger.

Respect all the feelings you have for each other

We’re not always delighted by the discoveries we make about the person we love, but when it comes to emotions, it’s necessary to accept them all. Being in love doesn’t mean never feeling angry, disappointed, hurt or jealous. How you act on your emotions is up to you; what’s important is that you actually feel them. Many relationships have been ruined by blame, and millions of couples have missed out on deep intimacy because of shame.

Both are cruel remainders of unfelt anger, fear and anxiety. If you’ve done the work of building EQ, you’ll experience the emotions and get on with your life together.

Keep the laughter in your love life

To avoid intellectualising emotions, you need acceptance, and a big part of your acceptance comes from laughter. Lovers who can’t laugh together about themselves probably aren’t very accepting of their relationships. They may not be able to tolerate its unique flaws and inevitable stumbles any more than they can put up with their own. They’re also less likely to be open to a relationship’s most pleasant surprises.

Your high EQ, in contrast, means you can keep improving your relationship, but you’ll never get trapped by intolerant expectations of perfection.

Pay attention to how you feel when your lover is not around

Fortunately, you have a flawless way of monitoring exactly how your relationship is going: Use the three gauges of well-being to figure out how the rest of your life is going. Are you feeling restless or irritable in general? Do you drag through your day at the office or school after a night of marital bliss? Do you resent family and friends even though the two of you are spending every available minute alone together?

Love never benefits from tunnel vision. If you don’t feel energetic, clear-headed and benevolent all the time, it doesn’t really matter whether you coo like doves when you’re together. If the sex couldn’t be better but you’re slipping at work, if you feel safe and cozy hearing “hi, honey” when you come home at night but are having trouble getting up in the morning, something’s not right - even though everything feels warm and fuzzy in the castle.

When this happens, all the information about you, your lover and your relationship that your emotions and your intellect have gathered will steer you to the best solution.

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Ways to love smart

• Let the three gauges of well-being inform you about the romantic choices you make.

• Listen from emotional experience.

• Show the support and love your lover need.

• When in doubt, ask.

• Be prepared to work at the relationship.

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