Sunday, March 20, 2011

Emotional Intelligence & Anger

Emotional Intelligence & Anger

According to Wikipedia, "the earliest roots of emotional intelligence (EQ) can be traced to Darwin's work on the importance of emotional expression for survival and second adaptation. In the 1900s, even though traditional definitions of intelligence emphasized cognitive aspects such as memory and problem-solving, several influential researchers in the intelligence field of study had begun to recognize the importance of the non-cognitive aspects. For instance, as early as 1920, E.L. Thorndike used the term social intelligence to describe the skill of understanding and managing other people.

Similarly, in 1940 David Wechsler described the influence of non-intellective factors on intelligent behavior, and further argued that our models of intelligence would not be complete until we can adequately describe these factors. In 1983, Howard Gardner'sFrames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences introduced the idea of multiple intelligences which included both interpersonal intelligence (the capacity to understand the intentions, motivations and desires of other people) and intrapersonal intelligence (the capacity to understand oneself, to appreciate one's feelings, fears and motivations). In Gardner's view, traditional types of intelligence, such as IQ, fail to fully explain cognitive ability. Thus, even though the names given to the concept varied, there was a common belief that traditional definitions of intelligence are lacking in ability to fully explain performance outcomes."

Anger is a primitive emotion that all human beings experience. However, it is important to note that anger can also have a very disruptive effect on one's emotional intelligence (EQ). One technique that may be of  assistance with re-empowering the intelligence aspect of one's psyche is anger management. Through the use of an evidenced based anger management program, students are taught to utilize thought (intelligence) to circumvent feelings (emotion) from negatively influencing actions. Although anger is hard wired into the reptillian brain, it does not have to over ride emotional intelligence (EQ). To reclaim control and increase your EQ, consider employing thought stopping, relaxation techniques, as well as increasing verbal expression all of which have become components of successful anger management programs.

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