Emotional Intelligence 2018-07-04T06:10:16+00:00


Emotional Intelligence

Welcome to EQSA – the homepage of Steph Vermeulen – who has been a leading pioneer in the field of EQ (emotional intelligence) for nearly two decades.  Author of the original 1999 best-seller EQ: Emotional Intelligence for Everyone she has embraced the ground-breaking scientific advances that have matured EQ into the now all-encompassing field of Personal Intelligence (EQ + IQ).

Make things happen:  Exponential growth is disrupting everything from the clumsy, old-fashioned systems that used to run the world, to our core beliefs.  With much less fanfare but no less significance progressive leaps in technology have provided ground-breaking insights into human behaviour turning age-old beliefs about the human mind on their head (so to speak).  In turn, this is transforming widely held psychological wisdom.

New discoveries about the mind demonstrate that thoughts and feelings work in tandem to produce intelligence and the term personal intelligence describes the combined workings of EQ and IQ.  Although EQ was hailed as the master aptitude, personal intel speaks to being future fit because both IQ and EQ are necessary to fathom and navigate the uncharted waters of the exhilarating disruptive revolution we are living.

Some people welcome the breathtaking pace of change with enthusiasm while others view it with fear and trepidation. The differentiator is not genetic, generational or any other inborn disposition, it is how we’ve been soft-wired by customary memes (units of social conditioning) to approach life.

Unregulated emotions interfere with the brain’s ability to think, so the primary reason for developing a healthy level of personal intel is to ensure sound judgement instead of settling for knee-jerk reactions that have no purpose other than to cover for powerful feelings like anger, fear and insecurity.

There’s no need to be at the mercy of impulsive feelings.  Now you can use your thinking mind to make sense of this valuable emotional feedback to live authentically and get more of what you want, more often (without ever having to step on anyone else’s toes).

Learn to be so damn good no one can ignore you!

View Stephanie’s Books

Personal Intelligence

Personal Intelligence:

Steph’s new book – Personal Intelligence – Now available in book stores and on Amazon (Kindle) .
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EQ: Emotional Intelligence for Everyone (1999)

Stephanie Vermeulen’s book EQ: Emotional Intelligence for Everyone uniquely contains a comprehensive emotional dictionary. Use it to understand and work with the intelligence of your feelings.
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Kill The Princess


Steph tackles a range of issues facing women today, from body image to popular notions of femininity, from women’s business personas to the politics of family.
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Stitched Up

Stitched Up:

Best known for debunking myths about EQ, Steph does it again in Stitched-Up, in which she demystifies the complex issues facing women in modern life.
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    Dr Sarah McKay is an Oxford University-educated neuroscientist, science writer and founder of The Neuroscience Academy.  She writes a popular science-based blog Your Brain Health:  http://yourbrainhealth.com.au/   SLEEP: A good night’s sleep every night should [...]

  • Suspicious Minds: Why we believe conspiracy theories

    2019 is an election year in South Africa so along with the usual political hot-air we can expect a flood of fake news supported by some wild conspiracy theories.  Science journalist, Rob Brotherton says in [...]

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Feared or Favoured? (Audio / Video)

    Steph Vermeulen (EQ pioneer) and Simon Carpenter (Chief Innovation Officer for SAP SA) interviewed here by Ryan Hogarth on The New Normal about the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to release us from the drudgery [...]


    Steph Vermeulen (EQ pioneer) and Simon Carpenter (Chief Innovation Officer for SAP SA) interviewed here by Ryan Hogarth on The New Normal about the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to release us from the drudgery [...]


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  • 50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know

    Author:  Moheb Costandi All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason.’ Immanuel Kant (1787)   The brain’s main output: According to Daniel Wolpert – a British Neuroscientist [...]

  • Anticipating 2025

    In 2015 a diverse range of thinkers – known as the London Futurists – met to ponder the exponential change likely to take place over the next decade.  The book -  Anticipating 2025: A guide [...]

  • From Superman to Superhuman: 4iR – A Blazingly Bright Future

    For a massive jolt of inspiration about our tomorrows, take a look at this startling video (11mins) about the 4th Industrial Revolution (4iR) produced by the World Economic Forum (WEF): Watch the video here: [...]

  • Who Am I? You are what your neurons are up to

     “Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”  Nobel Laureate, George Bernard Shaw, penned this farsighted observation lightyears before anyone knew the pace of change would accelerate from 0 – 60 in a [...]

  • You are NOT Your Brain

    Writer: Steph Vermeulen Ever wondered why it's so difficult to change some of our stickier habits - even when we know these habits are bad for us. The good news is, our lack of resolve [...]

Catch up with the latest writing from Steph’s Blog

Steph is known as a meme-buster who wrestles with the status quo to mentally prepare individuals to embrace change rather than resist it.  Her exciting brand of personal intel goes way beyond the theoretical and whether you read one of her books, attend her seminars or hear her speak at a conference you will notice that she offers practical tools to help people think straight.

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