Title

The Relational Connection between Emotional Intelligence and Differentiation of Self

Location

1052

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Paper

Format Type

Paper

Start Date

12-1-2017 10:15 AM

End Date

12-1-2017 12:05 PM

Abstract

Abstract

The purpose of this presentation is to explore the relational connection between an individual’s emotional intelligence and differentiation of self. As relational beings, both emotional intelligence and differentiation of self are essential tools for functioning in relationships and basic human survival. The level of an individual’s emotional intelligence will determine their level of differentiation of self. Emotional intelligence is essentially the ability to process one’s emotions competently and use it to guide cognitive activities such as problem-solving and to focus on appropriate behaviors (Salovey, Mayer and Caruso, 2001). In the development of the eight concepts of Bowen Family Systems Theory, Dr. Murray Bowen (1978) came to the fundamental conclusion that the main task of adult life is to gain differentiation of self in relation to the significant relationships in which one is embedded (Titleman, 2008).

Working from a theoretical perspective, I will describe and explore how an individuals’ emotional intelligence influence their differentiation of self. I will also examine the similarities and the differences between emotional intelligence and differentiation of self. An in depth understanding of the relational quality and connection of emotional intelligence and differentiation of self can lead to awareness of one’s role in relationships, and an evaluation of how they manage their emotional and intellectual systems. This evaluation can result in necessary changes for improvement, personal development, and an enhanced quality of life for the individual and those in relationship with them.

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Jan 12th, 10:15 AM Jan 12th, 12:05 PM

The Relational Connection between Emotional Intelligence and Differentiation of Self

1052

Abstract

The purpose of this presentation is to explore the relational connection between an individual’s emotional intelligence and differentiation of self. As relational beings, both emotional intelligence and differentiation of self are essential tools for functioning in relationships and basic human survival. The level of an individual’s emotional intelligence will determine their level of differentiation of self. Emotional intelligence is essentially the ability to process one’s emotions competently and use it to guide cognitive activities such as problem-solving and to focus on appropriate behaviors (Salovey, Mayer and Caruso, 2001). In the development of the eight concepts of Bowen Family Systems Theory, Dr. Murray Bowen (1978) came to the fundamental conclusion that the main task of adult life is to gain differentiation of self in relation to the significant relationships in which one is embedded (Titleman, 2008).

Working from a theoretical perspective, I will describe and explore how an individuals’ emotional intelligence influence their differentiation of self. I will also examine the similarities and the differences between emotional intelligence and differentiation of self. An in depth understanding of the relational quality and connection of emotional intelligence and differentiation of self can lead to awareness of one’s role in relationships, and an evaluation of how they manage their emotional and intellectual systems. This evaluation can result in necessary changes for improvement, personal development, and an enhanced quality of life for the individual and those in relationship with them.