This is an awesome perspective. I get that a lot in my EI pursuit as well, that it’s just about being nice or popular. But really it’s like you said, knowing who you are better, to step into your authentic truth, and not let anyone else pull you away from it.
I’m still working on getting over my people-pleasing habits. I would suppress any emotion that would cause conflict and do/say things while ignoring what I really felt. Of course, it’s comfortable in the moment, but walking away knowing that I had yet something to say slowly ate away at my own confidence and integrity.
Now the question is, how do we put EI into practice for ourselves and to remember them in the heat of the moment?