“Design emotional maturity”

Q: I have read 3 of your books and I am writing my graphic design thesis investigating my “design emotional maturity” and how it will help me to overcome my fears in order to create better communication work. How can our emotional intelligence affect our performance as a designer?

A: The answer is in your question: fear itself, in all its forms, is the enemy of great performance – not just in design, but in any domain. The fundamental reason: when the brain’s circuitry for fear, worry, and anxiety takes over, it paralyzes the executive functions of the brain, the parts we use for thinking, creating, and execution of our plans.  So the key lies in managing fear. For this, the EE self-management competencies are the answer, particularly emotional self-control.