Biaises and mindfulness. How’s Your Social IQ?

There was a time during the pre-historic age when life was plain and simple. You wake up. Hunt for food. Cook (sometimes not), eat, sleep and go through the whole routine all over again the next day. When your spouse and the kids complain about the food. No fuss. You just stop them with your stone club. End of discussion.

Today, it’s a bit complicated. You wake up, you worry. You buy and cook food, you worry. You eat, you worry. You sleep, you worry. And then you try to go through the whole routine the next day but you can’t. You’ve gone bonkers!

Between striving to lead a reasonably comfortable life, pursuing a successful professional career and chasing that proverbial rainbow of happiness stands an ugly pitcher throwing curve balls at you morning, noon and night. How do you go about squarely facing something like that?

Social Intelligence. How To Heighten It.

Roughly, social intelligence is about our ability to manage our emotions, listen to others with an open mind, inspire our fellow humans and colleagues, express ourselves with confidence and a whole lot more that helps us to become a better person rather than a psychopath. So, it’s essential to get this social IQ to a high level. It’ll improve our sense of well being and strengthen our attention span. In short it’ll help us to improve our lives significantly. So …

Learn About Mindfulness To Bring Our Social IQ Up There.

As research about mindfulness is widespread, it has been shown to work wonders on that part of our brain which regulates and controls our emotions. How that works in real life is that it enables us to tone down our biases. Usually, we face life and our world through bias of a mindset. If we’re a finance guy, for instance, we’re into dollars and cents. If we’re in love, we look for a rewarding reciprocation. A sales person? It’s that hunt for a deal or signing of a sales contract. Nothing wrong with relying on these “biases” in order to analyze and solve problems but not being aware of doing so can sometimes blind us to a wider and richer range of social goings-on that may be unfolding in our midst. Mindfulness helps us to notice and appreciate the bigger picture that crops up when we look beyond our biases.

Practice Meditating. Sit Still For 15 Minutes And Meditate.

Learn to become aware of our “biases”. You can do this by meditating and letting go of your thoughts. Try achieving a state of thoughtlessness. It’s fundamental to developing a mindfulness discipline. Over time, with practice, this technique can expand powerfully into our everyday life, enhancing our ability to “de-bias” and in turn, focus our “unbiased attention to what’s going on around us, manage our emotions better and help us see the world as something good and wonderful.

So, raise your social IQ! It can’t hurt you any.

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