The Interplay of Stereotypes and Emotional Intelligence Around Men and Women

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Ward, Cai
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University Honors College, Middle Tennessee State University
Stereotypes can aid or destroy one’s life. Ultimately, the mind holds the power to determine if we let stereotypes affect our day-to-day life. This is where emotional intelligence can be useful. In this thesis, I highlight how emotional intelligence is something that can change people’s perspectives. I provide the definition of emotional intelligence and then break it down into sections on why it is important. I explain why emotional intelligence is often hard to measure and the many benefits of becoming more emotionally intelligent both in the workplace and in one’s personal life. I list common stereotypes and societal pressures that can become such a pressure on one’s life that people forget to enjoy the little things. I explore stereotypes of men and women and how to retrain the brain. This thesis highlights many actions that can be done to help one increase their ability to deal with one’s emotions as well as the emotions of others. I research many methods that can help one gain power emotionally. Increased selfconfidence and relational skills are key points that one is likely to achieve if one utilizes the tools given in my research.