What Are Intrapersonal Skills?

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Intrapersonal skills, including emotional intelligence, allow a person to use effective thought processes and mental habits to succeed in personal and professional relationships. Intrapersonal communication stems from both conscious and subconscious thoughts. Positive, productive intrapersonal thought processes contribute to effective decisions and actions.

Emotional intelligence is the common name for a person’s ability to understand and manage personal emotions, while also recognizing those of others. Emotional intelligence includes recognizing the events that trigger feelings of anger, frustration and sadness, and preparing effective responses. People with emotional intelligence tend to display higher self-motivation, more calculated risk-taking, poise under pressure and persistence in the face of obstacles. These intrapersonal abilities help in achieving goals and following through on commitments to others.

A person’s internal monologue or inner critic also impacts intrapersonal skills. The inner critic is the somewhat consistent voice in a person’s head that reflects positive or negative thinking. Someone with strong intrapersonal skills tends to have a more positive internal monologue, such as a “can-do” attitude. Rather than constant self-doubt and uncertainty, someone with excellent intrapersonal abilities believes that success is inevitable. Intrapersonal abilities also enable a person to sense when someone else is upset, offended or sad, and to react appropriately.