Essay on Emotional Intelligence

800 Words May 22nd, 2003 4 Pages
Individual and Social Processes

In the book Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, the central thesis that he tries to point out is that emotional intelligence may be more important than I.Q. in determining a person's well being and success in life. At first I didn't know what Goleman was talking about when he said emotional intelligence, but after reading the book I have to say that I agree completely with Goleman. One reason for my acceptance of Goleman's theory is that academic intelligence has little to do with emotional life. To me, emotions can be just as intelligent as your I.Q. In this essay I hope to provide sufficient evidence to show why I agree with Goleman's thesis on emotional intelligence. The first topic that I
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Goleman states that people with a high I.Q. are ambitious, productive, and uneasy with sexual and sensual experience. That high I.Q. people are the caricature of the intellectual, adept in the realm of mind but inept in the personal world. And all of this is just for the men. Goleman states, "The profiles differ slightly for men and women." High I.Q. women have intellectual confidence, are fluent in expressing their thoughts and have a wide range of intellectual and aesthetic interests. Goleman also does point out that these are extremes and that everyone mixes I.Q. and emotional intelligence in varying degrees. But this does give us an instructive look at what each of these dimensions adds to a person's qualities. In the book, Emotional Intelligence, Goleman talks about two psychologists (Sternberg and Salovey) who have taken a wider view on intelligence and give terms of what they think it takes to lead a successful life. They mention five domains they think lead up to high emotional intelligence. These domains are: knowing one's emotions, managing emotions, motivating oneself, recognizing emotions of others, and handling relationships. If you think about it, these domains are big keys to life. I mean if you don't have any self-awareness, you are missing a key element of emotional intelligence. How would you be able to ever know what another person is feeling if you can't even recognize your own feelings. Being able to manage your own emotions builds

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