1 Self-Awareness According to Weiss, there are
five domains of emotional intelligence. Discussing all five is difficult,
however, without addressing the
“Think about emotional intelli-
gence almost like building a house,”
said Weiss. “Self-awareness is that
concrete foundation. It’s going to be
hard to build on the other domains
if you don’t have a high level of
Self-awareness is the ability to
recognize your own emotions, your
own moods. As Weiss explained, it’s
one thing to wake up in the morn-
ing, recognize you have a headache,
and say you’re in a lousy mood. A
self-aware person, however, under-
stands how their lousy mood—not
saying hello, not making eye con-
tact—can potentially change the
entire tenor of those around them.
You have to be able to see yourself
as others see you.
While this may seem relatively
easy, it can be tricky to navigate.
As Weiss argued, self-awareness
in health care is particularly
difficult when tied to professional
wellness and physician resiliency.
Often, when a provider is asked
whether he or she is experiencing “burnout,” “surviving,” “fine,”
“well,” or “thriving,” their answers
are not as honest as they would
be if they were forced to imagine
an alternate perspective: “What
would your spouse or loved one, a
friend, your co-worker, your partner, your admin, say about you?”
Said Weiss, “It’s important to think
about that as you go through the
3 Motivation Much like self-awareness, Weiss emphasized that the emotional intelligence’s third
domain, motivation, has an extra component.