Watching TV is considered to be bad for us and our brains. However, still, there are the ways that the blue box can be quite useful. As a trigger for emotions, for example. By means of TV, we can develop emotional intelligence, a skill that is sometimes as important as traditional skills that help you avoid job-seeking failures.
Emotional Intelligence Skills
An emotionally intelligent person is more self-aware since he or she knows his or her own weaknesses, such as his/her main irritation trigger, what draws his/her attention, or what makes him/her set off. Moreover, there is the awareness of other people, the way we perceive people around us and their mental and psychological states, as well as feelings.
Watching movies can add much to our emotional intelligence, develop our observation skills to notice signals of people’s emotions, and teach us to interpret them in the right way. This learns to notice the details in everyday life, such as noticing what is written and who is pictured on a dime that you see every day.
Do you know it’s Roosevelt’s portrait on it, for example?
There is a good training exercise while watching movies. Here’s what you should do to start working on your emotional intelligence.
Chose a movie and pay attention to the scenes where two or more people are communicating. During the first view of the scene, turn off the sound and try to guess what they are talking about and what they feel in that scene, and what is going on in general. Pay attention to their faces and expressions. What do you see? Happiness, frustration, interest, fear? Also, follow their gestures, if they are rapid or slow, what they are doing with their hands.
After these observations, try to interpret and decide what the characters in the movie feel. Then watch the same episode with the sound on. Note down what emotions you notice and then compare your conclusions.
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Afterwards, you can do the same exercise in the typical offline environment, for example, at work. Observe the people around you, especially their ways of communication, their facial expressions, and body language.
Later, as you learn to distinguish the emotions, try to make a few hypotheses about the states of people on each of the behaviors you observe. To move forward and increase your EQ, try to get more evidence that proves your hypotheses.
The key aim of the exercises is to help you increase your EQ level, as well as know and feel your environment better that will definitely make you more effective in communication and interpretation of the outer world.