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Howard Gardner argued that instead of intelligence being a single ability, humans have the ability to develop multiple intelligences, nine to be exact. Some people have a natural proficiency in emotional or interpersonal intelligence; others have difficulty with this. Although this article focuses on one type of intelligence, I suggest for each reader to practice personal insight and assess himself or herself on every intelligence scale.

1. Opening the door

Emotions are like visitors that knock on your door on any given day and leave once they have gotten what they have came for. Emotional development starts by opening the door and allowing those emotions in. Part of coping with distress involves allowing the emotions entry instead of ignoring the knock on the door.

2. Releasing all judgments

– Leslie Santana

Read more: 7 Ways to Improve Your Emotional Intelligence