Becoming emotionally intelligent

Persatuan Kemajuan Insan (KESAN) continued the ‘Building Your Strength’ series with an interactive workshop on emotional intelligence recently.

The programme, targetted higher institution students with the aim of equipping the youth with knowledge and skills to understand and self-regulate emotions and manage relationships with others through intelligence and empathy.

Participants from various higher institutions in Brunei and KESAN committee members attended the workshop. The content and activities of the workshop were designed to broaden participants’ knowledge on different aspects of emotional intelligence such as self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills.

“We may come to a point where we think that we need to cast out or conquer our emotions but the truth is that we need to understand and engage with our emotions instead. Only then can we grow as an individual and able to give the right impact with right intentions. That is why emotional intelligence is important,” said programme leader Muhammad Afiq bin Omar.

During the workshop, speaker Sarah binti Haji Abdul Mutalif highlighted that one of the most important aspects of emotional intelligence is self-regulation. She reiterated that self-regulation is the ability to manage emotions and taking control of actions.

“One way to improve this aspect is by knowing your values and taking accountability of your actions,” she said.

The programme was part of KESAN’s initiative to help achieve Brunei Vision 2035 goal to produce educated, highly-skilled and accomplished people. KESAN will organise two more Build Your Strength programmes for 19 to 24-year-olds.

Sarah binti Haji Abdul Mutalif. PHOTOS: KESAN
Participants at the workshop