8 Habits Emotionally Intelligent People Have In Common

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When you meet someone, it's often easy to tell if they're emotionally intelligent simply by their vibe and how they carry themselves. Folks with high emotional intelligence tend to have several habits in common, all of which add up to make them easy to get along with. These traits also tend to earn them all sorts of respect. And as a result, they're usually highly likable and super successful.

In short, emotional intelligence is "the ability to identify and manage ... emotions, as well as effectively react to others' emotions," therapist Kimberly Hershenson, LMSW tells Bustle. Being emotionally intelligent is something some people come to innately, while the rest of us may need to work on it overtime. And that's perfectly fine.

"Emotional intelligence is a muscle," psychotherapist and life coach Dr. Perpetua Neo tells Bustle. "And working out that muscle can seem tough at first ... But as you shrink the muscles of limiting mindsets ('I am bad at social interactions/self-knowledge') and habits ... you create the conditions for emotional intelligence to grow."

It also doesn't hurt to know what emotional intelligence looks like, through observing other people. Here are a few habits they tend to have in common, so you can copy their good energy, and adopt it for yourself.