“Being able to perceive, understand and act on one’s emotions in constructive ways, especially when emotionally aroused, is vital.”
All three of these stages require a certain degree of emotional intelligence:
To perceive emotions one has to be free from denial, doubt and all the other trappings of emotions that limit our perception of our true experiences.
To understand emotions, one has to have self-insight and self-knowledge. This is often clouded by the messages we receive from others and what we want to believe of ourselves.
To act on one’s emotions constructively requires the full spectrum of emotional intelligence, the acquisition of which is an ongoing lifelong process.