Why it can Matter More than I.Q.?
By: Daniel Goleman
1. Emotions, similar to instincts, have helped humans survive by motivating them to action. Each essential emotion, for instance fright, fury, joy, love, surprise, hatred and sadness, triggers particular biological reactions to get ready the body for action. No aspect of our mental life is more important to the quality and meaning of our existence than emotions. They are what make life worth living, or sometimes ending.
2. Under certain conditions, the limbic brain can overwhelm or hijack the body to respond to a perceived threat while bypassing the neocortex. Also called a neural hijacking, the emotions take charge. In such moments, people are described as 'blowing up' or 'losing it' with the reaction seeming impulsive and out of proportion to the stimulus. The amygdala in the limbic system stores emotional memory assigning meaning to feelings. To lose the amygdala is to lose passion and connections to the world.
3. Though hailed as predictors of success, a high IQ and academic achievements are no guarantees of success or happiness in life. Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a meta-ability, a set of skills that provide a key advantage in reaching one's goals and handling adversities. Psychologist Howard Gardner, at the Harvard School of Education, calls for educators to help children identify and cultivate their natural competencies and gifts rather than train children in academic skills alone.
4. Truth mirrors reality and it logically follows that the best way to decipher the truth about yourself is by personally observing and experiencing the reality of which you are a part. Language is the means by which the context confronting your awareness may be rationally, realistically and reverently described. Navigate the parameters of existence through this article as well as...