Feb 03, 2022 | 3
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The 5 Dimensions of EQ: Self-Awareness in Depth


Emotional intelligence is a complex subject that takes time to fully understand. TTI SI’s EQ assessment breaks down EQ into 5 factors. Let’s explore the first dimension in depth!



What is EQ?

Emotional intelligence is the ability to sense, understand and effectively apply the power of acumen of emotions to facilitate higher levels of collaboration and productivity.

Read more about EQ here.

What Are the 5 Dimensions of EQ?

The 5 dimensions of EQ are Self-Awareness, Self-Regulation, Social Awareness, Social Regulation, and Motivation. Every one of these factors is crucial for overall understanding, so let’s start at the beginning and take a look at self-awareness.

What is Self-Awareness?


Self-Awareness is the ability to recognize and understand your moods, emotions and drives.

There’s a reason why this is the first factor of EQ! Self-awareness is a foundational skill that the other factors build off of; if you don’t have self-awareness, it’s very difficult for you to understand and regulate your own behavior.

People who have mastered EQ have the self-awareness to observe the linkage between their thoughts and their feelings. Thoughts, in the form of attitudes, beliefs, and expectations, create the context for the evaluation of our experience, and self-awareness lets you accurately acknowledge that context.

Why Is Self-Awareness Important in the Workplace?

Self-awareness is crucial for your own understanding of yourself, but also others’ understanding of you.

If you reveal you have poor self-awareness through an inaccurate assessment of your performance, skewing positive or negative, you will demonstrate a gap in your judgment. That can impact the decision making of others around you. If your peers see you talking yourself up without the skills to support that self-hype, they’re going to lose trust in your capabilities. Just as important; if you are unaware of your actual skill level and are constantly disparaging yourself, you’re going to become an easy target for those looking to take advantage.

Self-awareness lets you temper those impulses either way and exhibit a calm and collected presence in your workplace. Highly self-aware individuals are able to understand what they are feeling moment by moment which makes it possible for them to be aware of how emotion is affecting them before they take action.

Our self-awareness can grow with our experiences and grows relative to the intensity level of those experiences— negative experiences develop awareness more than positive experiences.



What Does Low Self-Awareness Look Like?


Low self-awareness is easy to spot in others but can be difficult to understand for yourself. If you’re unsure of your current self-awareness, you’re not alone; 95% of people think they are self-aware but only 10 to 15% actually are, according to HBR.

Low self-awareness can look like:

A Disconnect With Emotions

Do you struggle with articulating your feelings? Do negative emotions like frustration or sadness seemingly affect you out of nowhere? If you aren’t paying attention to your internal emotional cues, you’re going to be constantly and unpleasantly surprised by how you come off to others and how you’re feeling, especially under pressure.

Hasty Decision Making

If you’re out of touch with your emotions, you might feel compelled to respond quickly in all circumstances, without taking time to reflect adequately. Some situations do need a rapid response but often, taking a moment to pause and fully consider the emotions involved in the situation and the effect your actions will have on others.

Lack of Empathy for Others

Forbes shared that 96% of employees believe showing empathy is an important way to advance employee retention, and employees are nearly unanimous in agreeing on the importance of empathy—yet 92% feel empathy remains undervalued.

Expanding your empathy will help you become a better leader and improve your understanding of others as well as understanding of yourself.



What’s Your Next Step with EQ?

Understanding and implementing EQ can be complicated; the good news is that you’re already on the path to improving your self-awareness just by reading this article. If you’re looking to increase your understanding of EQ, TTI SI can help!

If you want to take an EQ assessment, contact us here.

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Jaime Faulkner