The Importance of Emotional Intelligence and Why Our Schools Need to Teach It




Gonzales, Elizabeth

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Emotional intelligence has been acknowledged as a potential advancement in a person’s life to reach success, not just financially but success with emotional and mental fulfillment as well. Even though emotional intelligence was narrowly ‘discovered’ in the 1990s, research has been on a slow, but steady route in observing the effects of emotional intelligence in children, adolescents and adults. In the thesis presented, many studies in children, adolescents and adults have been done to validate that learning emotional intelligence helps build better relationships, self-esteem and improve academic achievement. Researchers are on the right track in studying the impact emotional regulation makes, and it is imperative that our school system implements an emotional intelligence curriculum to avoid children becoming consumed with low self-worth and self-esteem issues. If more children knew how to regulate their emotions when problems arise, they will have a better hold on how to conquer obstacles instead of fighting the depression and anxiety that follows after repressing their emotions to survive. As more time goes on and more studies validate emotional intelligence as a positive influence, it is clear that teaching how to regulate and understand emotions is vital for a child to thrive and become successful in society. Children are the future, and we need to invest in them to make the world a more humbly, prosperous place to live in. No money or education could give a person internal peace, only one’s emotion can in the end.



emotional intelligence, children, emotional regulation, adolescence, emotions, school, curriculum, Honors College


Gonzales, E. (2021). The importance of emotional intelligence and why our schools need to teach it (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.


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