The Social Work Field, Emotional Intelligence

1503 Words Jun 1st, 2016 7 Pages
Introduction
Often in the social work field, a clinical will hear the term emotional intelligence and the five domains associated with it, which are relationships, tolerance, flexibility, self-management, and emotional awareness. There are many different definitions of emotional intelligence, but it has been described as the ability to motivate oneself and continue in the face of frustrations; to manage impulse and delay gratification; to regulate ones moods and keep distress from overtaking the ability to think; to empathize and to hope (Morrison, 2007). Regarding the social work field, emotional intelligence is something that all clinicians need to be aware of and how it applies. A clinician needs to be able to listen and build empathy when working with others, understand non-verbal communication and its effects, and have self-awareness of how working with others can affect the clinician emotionally (Morrison, 2007). It is crucial to be able to monitor your own feelings and emotions as well as being able to monitor your client’s feelings and emotions.
Literature Review Morrison’s Article
Morrison’s article on emotional intelligence (EI) provided insight into the importance of emotional intelligence in the social work field. The article also provided the role of EI and its relations in the five core tasks of a social worker. Social intelligence was also discussed in the article, which is “the idea of acting wisely in human relations” (Morrison, 2007). EI has been used to…
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